Nuns and Natural Wine

There’s been a bit of buzz around Coenobium, a white blend from Lazio. Partly because it has skin contact, it’s natural and a bit of an oddball, but mostly because it’s made in a monastery by nuns. There’s a long history of religious orders being involved in winemaking, though on this occasion the Sisters had help from Giampiero Bea, who’s renowned for his artisanal wines.

I found it surprisingly subtle – very citrusy, but there with structure and a nip of tannin. It really needed to sit longer; as often happens when you’re sharing a wine with friends you hit the bottom of the bottle just as it’s  starting to firm up.


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