Cincinnato is a COOP that specializes in organic farming of ancient Roman varietals.
Bellone is an ancient Roman grape that produces fruity yet elegant wine, great for vegetables and light seafood.
Cincinnato is a COOP founded in 1947 based in Cori outside of Rome. They are mostly certified organic and all care about their land and the grapes they grow. Because they are all small farmers, the ability to pool their resources for bottling and marketing, makes it possible for small growers to get these unknown ancient varietals into our hands here in the US! This is the kind of COOP we are proud to work with!
The cuvee name of "Castore" is named after the mythical Dioscuri to whom the temple of Castor and Pollux is dedicated and it is in Cori where the archeological remains are today. Bellone grapes are an ancient varietal also known as "bread grapes" that have soft delicate skins. The low yield on this wine is what helps the floral and delicate nature of it come through in the final product.
Castore is grown on the lavic hills of the Cori territory at approximately 200 - 250 meters. The soil is volcanic-clay. The wine is on its lees for 2 months and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.
So.. how's it taste? The nose is full of lemon, lemon drop, fennel and a little hint of camp fire. It is mid weight with lots of lemony acidity and a little peachy note in the finish. Touch of spice...fleshy, bright and with a rather stubborn finish for the price.