Damiano Ciolli

Silene Olevano Romano Cesanese

9.0134 ratings
9.033 pro ratings
Olevano Romano, Roma, Latium, Italy
Cesanese
Top Notes For
Christine Havens

A small wine shop acquisition, purchased on recommendation of a wine steward I trust, Damiano Ciolli's 2009 Silene Olevano Romano Cesanese is crafted from the Cesanese grape. An indigenous variety to the Lazio region of Italy, this lovely example offers up aromas of forest floor, Kukicha twig tea, plums and red cherries. It's medium bodied and not the least bit heavy, the palate is quite similar to the nose, and is abundant with fine tannins and vibrant acidity. A fine food wine that is worth exploring.

A small wine shop acquisition, purchased on recommendation of a wine steward I trust, Damiano Ciolli's 2009 Silene Olevano Romano Cesanese is crafted from the Cesanese grape. An indigenous variety to the Lazio region of Italy, this lovely example offers up aromas of forest floor, Kukicha twig tea, plums and red cherries. It's medium bodied and not the least bit heavy, the palate is quite similar to the nose, and is abundant with fine tannins and vibrant acidity. A fine food wine that is worth exploring.

2 people found it helpfulJul 30th, 2015
Angela Bortugno

An indigenous grape with a racy reputation. In the 2000s, the Cesanese grape came into the news due to its inclusion in the debut wine of American porn star Savanna Samson which earned favorable ratings among wine critics. Spicy cherry with lovely acidity. Definitely a keeper.

An indigenous grape with a racy reputation. In the 2000s, the Cesanese grape came into the news due to its inclusion in the debut wine of American porn star Savanna Samson which earned favorable ratings among wine critics. Spicy cherry with lovely acidity. Definitely a keeper.

2 people found it helpfulJul 11th, 2015
Sarah Stierch

Food & Wine Editor Sonoma Valley Sun

8.9

A nice surprise - my first Cesanese - needed a long hearty breath of fresh air upon opening but grew into a pleasant, charcuterie friendly wine. The nose, prior to aeration, was a bit too peed-on-cat-litter for me, and then grew into a pleasant smokey/maple bacon. Pleasant acid in the mid palette and the linger was equally acidic, yet pleasant. Nice surprise.

A nice surprise - my first Cesanese - needed a long hearty breath of fresh air upon opening but grew into a pleasant, charcuterie friendly wine. The nose, prior to aeration, was a bit too peed-on-cat-litter for me, and then grew into a pleasant smokey/maple bacon. Pleasant acid in the mid palette and the linger was equally acidic, yet pleasant. Nice surprise.

Mar 18th, 2016
Rich Reader

A bright, forward, simple and medium body charmer fuels the business chat, like a Sangiovese blend, but southern style.

A bright, forward, simple and medium body charmer fuels the business chat, like a Sangiovese blend, but southern style.

May 5th, 2015
Louis Schofield

Sommelier/Wine Merchant East End Cellars

8.8

Reductiveness blew off with a decant. Simple but nice drinking.

Reductiveness blew off with a decant. Simple but nice drinking.

Apr 2nd, 2015
Damon Goldfoos

Delicious, thanks AI

Delicious, thanks AI

Dec 31st, 2014
Paul Shaked

Always interesting

Always interesting

Jul 26th, 2014
Antoine Pin

Wine Buyer Kroger/QFC

9.2

Plum, shriveled spicy cherries. Oh yeah!! $19 / 90pts ABImports206

Plum, shriveled spicy cherries. Oh yeah!! $19 / 90pts ABImports206

Jan 22nd, 2014
Steve Shaffer

Interesting varietal. Classic campanile wine.

Interesting varietal. Classic campanile wine.

Dec 6th, 2013
Heidi Normand Berge

Roman wines are at their peak with this one...needs to open a bit...meaty nose wrapped around black raspberry.

Roman wines are at their peak with this one...needs to open a bit...meaty nose wrapped around black raspberry.

Oct 16th, 2013