Monastero Suore Cistercensi Benedic 2019
The sisters produce a very small amount of red wine: a blend of roughly equal parts Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo, with a splash of Merlot from a newly planted site near their historical holdings. Despite a two-week maceration, Benedic is always a pale-colored, translucent wine that more than makes up for in charm what it lacks in power. High tones and bursting with red fruit, almost jammy yet incredibly lifted and quaffable on the palate, this is a quintessential warm-weather red. An appealing hint of balsamic on the nose underlines the link between the nuns and Bea and speaks to the wine's lack of manipulation, and the palate offers macerated cherries, black tea, and an intriguing spice element vaguely reminiscent of red chilies. Note: Benedic performs best when served around cellar temperatures, which emphasizes its innate freshness.