2007 Monastero Suore Cistercensi "Rusticum" Lazio Bianco

SKU #1046576

K&L's notes - OK, so you think this is a white wine and it is made with 55% trebbiano, 15% verdicchio, 20% malvasia and 10% grechetto, well yes you'd be partially correct but this wine is fermented for 15 days on the skins and takes on an onion skin color. This wine is made by the famous Umbrian producer Paolo Bea for a bunch of Cistercian Nuns whose convent is in Lazio (the state that includes Rome). Wow, this is like nothing you've ever had before, if you tasted it without seeing it you'd think it was a red wine, it has sooooooo much flavor, structure and intrigue it is hard to describe. This is not a wine for the faint of heart or non adventurous, and no it isn't corked; it is supposed to taste like this! (Greg St.Clair K&L Wine Merchants Italian Buyer)

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By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2009 | Send Email
This wine is AWESOME! One of the coolest white wines I've ever had. If you close your eyes you'd swear it was a red wine when you taste it. Sooooo much flavor, structure and mystery. Geeky and very cool.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2009 | Send Email
Wow...Wow is a huge understatement. This is one of the most interesting white wines I've tried in many many months. Vines tended by trappist nuns. I've never felt closer to god. Okay, maybe I've exaggerated a bit, but seriously this stuff is awesome. 15 days on the skins creates a strongly perfumed wine of exceptional weight. A structure that is inconceivable until experienced. Tannins! Definitely for the most adventerous of drinkers, this wine might change your life.

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