01 May 2008

Sister, sister

Monastero Suore Cistercensi S.O. Trappiste 2006 “Coenobium” (Lazio) – Precise and yet full of dancing flavor; perhaps it’s most accurate to say that it starts with purer intentions than it eventually reveals. Pine and rosemary dominate up front, but then matters broaden to waxier, more exotic floral/spicy aromas. A lovely wine. (4/08)

Monastero Suore Cistercensi S.O. Trappiste 2005 “Coenobium” (Lazio) – The exoticism of this wine here extends to the texture, which is decidedly silky but aggravatingly elusive. There’s more fruit than in the 2006, with lots of minerality, but the overall effect is somewhat less exciting. Still, it’s a very good wine, at a very good price. (4/08)

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