Monastero Suore Cistercensi 'Coenobium' Lazio Bianco, Italy 2020
Ninety minutes north of Rome in the Lazio district the Sisters of the Cistercian order are living and working at their monastery in Vitorchiano. Here at this quiet religious outpost eighty women of this religious order work vineyards and orchards and gardens organically. Under the guidance of the one and only Paolo Bea, they produce two wines as honest and sympathetic and gracious as they are. The wine's co-harvested and co-fermented Trebbiano, Verdicchio, and Malvasia translate the power of Vitorchiano's volcanic soils with a sombre interplay of smoke and iron with green apple, fennel frond, and honey. Coenobium displays notable breadth— yet it is muscular and chiseled rather than corpulent. Production is limited so don't sleep on this.
Grape: Tebbiano, Malvasia, Verdicchio
Viticulture: Organic, Natural, low sulfur