Silene is Damiano Ciolli’s regular cuvée. Its name comes from Silene Vulgaris, a very common flower in the fields around the winery. It is obtained from a selection of Cesanese di Affile grapes grown in vineyards planted in 1981 and 2002, trained with spur cordon and Guyot system. The vines yield about 1.5-2.0 kg (from six to ten bunches per vine). Grapes are hand-harvested when ripening has reached an optimal level, and fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures kept around 25°C to preserve the characteristic aromas of Cesanese. Fermentation and maceration lasts for about eight days. After racking, Silene ages in stainless steel tanks for about one year and after bottling it remains in the cellar for a further six months before release.