Wine Spectator: Though dense and rich, this red is also sleekly proportioned and harmonious. The cherry, raspberry, licorice, earth and tobacco flavors meld with the solid structure. Offers fine length and complexity that increases with aeration. Best from 2014 through 2025. 3,750 cases made.
Robert Parker: The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with black cherries, plums, tobacco, spices and licorice. In 2007 the Brunello is especially dark and muscular for the vintage. The warmth of the year plus the estate’s search to make a Brunello that is more approachable in both price and early appeal comes through in spades. The 2007 is a bit bombastic today, but it should settle down with another year or two in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona vineyards are located in the south, south-west side of Montalcino at an altitude between 240 and 360 mt above sea level. The stony slopes near the Orcia river benefit from a particularly mild microclimate and here the vines grow in ideal climatic conditions. Due to its strategic position the Vigna di Pianrosso (meaning Pianrosso vineyard) represents the best expression of the estate in terms of quality and terroir. For these reasons Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona selects the best grape for Brunello Pianrosso and Brunello Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso from this single vineyard. The care and attention that Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona pays to the grapes and the vines themselves is true to peasant tradition but with the advantage of modern resources, thereby allowing to enhance the modernity and relevance of its wines.
|The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona estate, whose origins date back to the 17th
century, produces some of Italy’s most highly regarded wines. In 1985, estate
manager Giuseppe Bianchini inherited the property from Countess Elda Ciacci
Piccolomini d’Aragona, who had no heirs. Today, his children, Paolo and Lucia
Bianchini, continue making excellent Brunellos in the tradition of their father, who died in 2004. The 85 acre estate in the prized Castelnuovo dell’Abate zone includes the famed Pianrosso site. The vineyards are located between Poggio d’Arna and the Orcia River on the southwest side of Montalcino at an altitude of 240 to 360 meters. Organic fertilizers are employed along with double pruning and green harvesting. The Bianchini’s own three cellars – the ancient Palzzo cellar, the main Molinello cellar and the Santo Stefano cellar, located in Montenero, which is used solely for production of their Montecucco DOC wine. The Ciacci wines all speak of flawless quality and exhibit Tuscan typicity crafted in a modern style.