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Damiano Ciolli

In the vineyards of Olevano Romano, a picturesque hilltop village southeast of Rome, Damiano Ciolli is forging an identity for the cesanese grape, thought to have been drunk by the Ancient Romans.

The Wines

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silene

Silene

Named after a wildflower that is common in Damiano's vineyards, Silene is a charmingly spicy and very drinkable introduction to the cesanese grape.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Cesanese di Olevano Romano
VINTAGE: 2018
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cesanese d'Affile
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: stainless steel
MATURATION: concrete
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13%
CASE SIZE: 6

cirsium

Cirsium

Continuing the trend for wildflowers, Damiano's reserve cuvée is named after the botanical name for the thistle.

From a single vineyard planted by Damiano's grandfather in 1953. Aged 18 months in barrel and two years in bottle, Cirsium is an homage to the noble heritage of cesanese d'Affile.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Cesanese di Olevano Romano
VINATGE: 2016
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cesanese d'Affile
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: stainless steel
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

Damiano Ciolli

In the vineyards of Olevano Romano, a picturesque hilltop village southeast of Rome, Damiano Ciolli is forging an identity for the cesanese grape, thought to have been drunk by the Ancient Romans. Little-known outside of Italy, its cultivation is confined to the areas around Rome. There are a handful of winemakers who believe in the quality potential of cesanese, particularly the better-regarded cesanese d’Affile clone, and Damiano Ciolli is leading the way.

Damiano’s vineyard soils are volcanic, with a distinct red hue, and are on gently sloping hills at about 500m elevation. Here, Damiano makes two cuvées of cesanese, the unoaked Silene and the single-vineyard, old-vine Cirsium, which sees barrel ageing and extended time in bottle. Both cuvées highlight cesanese’s attractive red fruit, rose petal and aromatic spice profile, with velvety tannins and a slight gamey streak. It’s notable for its moderate acidity – definitely not typical of Italian reds, where elevated acidity is the norm – which gives the wine a plush, suave texture. With meticulous attention to detail and quality, there is no doubt Damiano is a new voice for Lazio and its viticultural history.