Monastero Suore Cistercensi Benedic 2018

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A nice unpretentious red from Italy.

Producer/Winery: Sisters of Monastero Suore Cistercensi; Vitorchiano, Italy.

Grape Variety: Blend of equal parts: Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Vino da Tavola; Latium, Italy.

Vintage: 2018.

Price: $23.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Venison meatloaf with Madeira sauce, smashed potatoes and asparagus.


    Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, very light brownish copper color with a darker brownish rim. Very unusual funky aromas dominated by old bales of dry hay that have just been cut open with lesser amounts of cherry and fresh cut conifer branchs. Somewhat smooth with a soft, thin slippery mouthfeel, light body and a 150-grit texture. Very bitter cherry flavor. Nice fresh and slightly edgy acidity, very, very fine tannins and a long strongly bitter tasting finish. Light wine with a somewhat unusual bouquet and a potpourri of bitter tastes along with a captivating trait. What’s to say about this wine? It’s produced by a group of nuns just North of Roma. It’s very simple…no bold or bosting here and its demure, unassertive character really defines this wine. We called it a nice unpretentious red from Italy.

Sister Adriana working in the vineyard
Photo from Rosenthal Wine Merchant.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 11644 01225

Imported by: Rosenthal Wine Merchant; New York, New York.