Castello Romitorio Filo di Seta Brunello di Montalcino 2018
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
What a nose: dark peony petals mix with violet and scented notes of both fresh and dried cherry. These aromas travel straight to the brain on a lifted note of polished wood. The same aromatic allure becomes immediately apparent on the palate: cherry and fragrant petals enrobe and cushion the fine but utterly taut tannins. A very serious wine that poses a lovely counterpoint of poised structure and flowing, almost billowing elegance; stern and forgiving at once. Every nuance of aroma is illuminated by Sangiovese’s electric acidity. Even in age, when earthier, more savory notes come to the fore the floral, silky allure captures palate, mind and heart in one go.
-- A. Krebiehl MW
Taking on a bit more depth, the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Filo Di Seta is also more forward with aromas of cherry lozenge, menthol, licorice, and sage. It is more refined on the palate than the nose would suggest at first, with a gentle arch of black raspberry, fresh earth, and polished leather. It is balanced with a lovely core of fruit that is seamless with its structure of fine tannins, and graceful freshness of acidity, while taking on a bit more warmth on the finish. These wines are with scalloped edges, and they are well-tailored. Drink 2025-2040.
Complex and sophisticated with seamless layers of ripe and dried cherries, truffles, caramel, dried flowers, nutmeg, chocolate orange and cassis. It’s full-bodied, layered and polished, with firm tannins that are well integrated. Long and elegant. Delicious already but better after 2024.
A rich, concentrated red, expressing plum, cherry, earth, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors. Shows sweetness from the ripe fruit midpalate, along with a balanced, harmonious texture. Features fine length backed by vibrant acidity and refined tannins. Best from 2025 through 2043. 620 cases made, 170 cases imported.
This wine is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting vineyard selections to emerge from the Montalcino appellation thanks to the cool microclimate and black slate-like soils of the site. The Castello Romitorio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta is a wine of unique dimension and depth. It shows tart, almost crunchy red fruit and cassis, with background notes of cola, balsam herb, crushed stone and pencil shavings. The tannins need another two or three years to become silky. The wine ages in oak for 30 months, and production is limited to 7,300 bottles in this vintage.
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta lifts from the glass with a beguiling bouquet, showing violets, lavender and stone dust up front that evolve into pretty dried strawberry and hints of clove. This is a Brunello of contrasts, as velvety textures are offset by a salty flourish of minerality, just before masses of red and hints of black fruit descend upon the palate, leaving a primary staining in their wake. Blue- and purple-toned inner florals mingle with a burst of sour citrus, as the 2 018 finishes with tremendous length and complexity, which is completely atypical of the vintage. Fine tannins linger, promising a long and steady evolution. The Fib di Seta is a total success for 2018, but will take a good amount of time to fully come around. By Eric Guido on October 2022