Romito IGT Toscana Rosso 2019 is a bold and avantgarde Super Tuscan produced using 100 percent Petit Verdot sourced from a single vineyard in the Maremma Region of Tuscany. At an altitude of 170 meters above sea level, the vineyard soil is from the Pliocene period and is a mix of red clay and gravel. By day, the temperate maritime climate is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. By night, it is cooled by the continental climate descending into the area from Monte Amiata. This combination of elements creates the ideal terroir for the cultivation of extraordinary Petit Verdot. Once harvested by hand at optimal ripeness, the grapes are transported to Castello Romtorio’s cellar in Montalcino to be sorted and gently transformed into wine in cement vats. The wine is aged in 50% new French oak Tonneaux for 14 months, and is unfiltered.
*From 1987 to 2018 vintage the Romito was a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo, and Sangiovese.
The Romito was the first wine ever produced at Castello Romitorio in 1987, and was a concept born from Sandro Chia’s intuition to produce a bold Super Tuscan wine with non-indigenous grapes in his cellar in Montalcino. Throughout its history, Romito has been labeled under various appellations and the blend has evolved, but it remains an important chapter in Castello Romitorio’s history. The creative impulse to push the boundaries of winemaking has continued, and the search for the ideal terroir culminated in the acquisition of Tenuta Ghiaccio Forte estate in the Tuscan Maremma. Here, the Chia family planted a series of small plots of Petit Verdot and Syrah with the help of enologist Carlo Ferrini. After more than 10 years of experimentation, one particular vineyard of Petit Verdot proved it possessed the qualities to express the territory and varietal at an extraordinary level, and, with the important 2019 vintage, was chosen as the new vineyard for Romito.