Monastero Suore Cistercensi

Benedic Red Blend

9.091 ratings
9.09 pro ratings
Lazio, Italy
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Anthony Cailan

I don't know what you are. But damn boo boo.

I don't know what you are. But damn boo boo.

2 people found it helpfulJul 4th, 2016
Jay Kline

Just like the 2018 vintage, this is basically a blend of mostly Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo with a small amount of Merlot added. The wine pours a translucent garnet. On the nose, the lightest touch of funk enhances the ample dark red cherry fruit. Lilies and chrysanthemums and dry dusty earth as well. On the palate, red cherry fruit is dominant and seems to overpower just about everything else right now. Medium - tannin with medium + acid. It provides an effortless pairing with food. A rather simple but charming little wine in the most wonderful ways. Giampiero Bea consults.

Just like the 2018 vintage, this is basically a blend of mostly Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo with a small amount of Merlot added. The wine pours a translucent garnet. On the nose, the lightest touch of funk enhances the ample dark red cherry fruit. Lilies and chrysanthemums and dry dusty earth as well. On the palate, red cherry fruit is dominant and seems to overpower just about everything else right now. Medium - tannin with medium + acid. It provides an effortless pairing with food. A rather simple but charming little wine in the most wonderful ways. Giampiero Bea consults.

1 person found it helpfulJul 12th, 2021
Jay Kline

So basically, if you grow grapes and Giampiero Bea consults, it doesn’t really matter what you’re growing, it’s going to be amazing. And that’s basically what we have here. The 80 sisters of the Monastero made this red wine from...only God knows what. It’s funky and fresh at the same time. I want to spread it over toasted ciabatta but it’s got the acid to cut through some prosciutto or salumi or leg of lamb. Predominantly red fruited with wild cherries, this is one of those wines that brings me back to Italy where the concept of vino di tavola doesn’t mean it’s basic. I want more of this in my life. Drink now.

So basically, if you grow grapes and Giampiero Bea consults, it doesn’t really matter what you’re growing, it’s going to be amazing. And that’s basically what we have here. The 80 sisters of the Monastero made this red wine from...only God knows what. It’s funky and fresh at the same time. I want to spread it over toasted ciabatta but it’s got the acid to cut through some prosciutto or salumi or leg of lamb. Predominantly red fruited with wild cherries, this is one of those wines that brings me back to Italy where the concept of vino di tavola doesn’t mean it’s basic. I want more of this in my life. Drink now.

1 person found it helpfulMay 10th, 2020
Marshal White

Probably more like a cerasuolo - in between red wine and rose. Tasty, bright, a bit of depth, some funk. Can stand up to grilled lamb. Awesome stuff

Probably more like a cerasuolo - in between red wine and rose. Tasty, bright, a bit of depth, some funk. Can stand up to grilled lamb. Awesome stuff

1 person found it helpfulApr 22nd, 2017
Scott Reiner

Dark rose. Odd texture, but very enjoyable. Nice fruit.

Dark rose. Odd texture, but very enjoyable. Nice fruit.

1 person found it helpfulJul 1st, 2015
Bryn Birkhahn

Head Sommelier Pearl & Ash

8.5

SUPER light. Very fresh-perhaps a little too drinkable.

SUPER light. Very fresh-perhaps a little too drinkable.

Jun 15th, 2015
Pascaline Lepeltier, MS

Master Sommelier, Wine Director Rouge Tomate New York

8.7

Light, fresh, 11% - a little vegetal, a little simple but perfect for warmer weather

Light, fresh, 11% - a little vegetal, a little simple but perfect for warmer weather

May 19th, 2015
Catherine Gerdes

Beverage director, L'artusi

9.5

"Vino rosso" that's easy on the eyes, simply delightful with a touch of tannin to boot.

"Vino rosso" that's easy on the eyes, simply delightful with a touch of tannin to boot.

May 18th, 2015
Paul Boyer

I like weird.

I like weird.

May 9th, 2015
Michael L S

Perhaps a touch more raisiny than I’d like but has good acidity and some good red fruit profile.

Perhaps a touch more raisiny than I’d like but has good acidity and some good red fruit profile.

May 27th, 2021