Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona - Press Comments

Montalcino, Italy

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona

Rosso di Montalcino, Rossofonte 2016

“The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte (with 8,000 bottles produced) offers shapely tones of ripe fruit, summer cherry and fresh plum. This wine shows a point of extra ripeness (with 15% alcohol) that makes me think the fruit either came from younger vines (that tend to reach ripeness faster) or a warmer vineyard site. The wine is not overripe but it does offers lots of plush and easy primary fruit.” 88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate,
31st January 2019

 

Rosso di Montalcino, Rossofonte 2015

“The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte is a fruit-forward expression that offers a steady stream of cherry, blackberry and plum aromas. A subtle touch of strawberry marmalade gives the wine extra warmth and volume. You might also notice a mild touch of sweet almond candy.” 88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate,
31st January 2019

 

Brunello di Montalcino 2015

“The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona estate enjoys a beautiful and huge expanse of vineyards at the back of the Castelnuovo dell’Abate village, where the downward slope of the hamlet meets the Orcia River, which delineates the appellation border. The estate’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers lovely harmony and elegance. The wine’s taste profile follows the soft contours and beautiful horizons that characterize this beautiful part of Tuscany. The mouthfeel is medium-weight but carefully balanced with just enough acidity to add brightness. It shows just enough backbone to guarantee staying power and longevity. That said, the tannins are carefully integrated into the delicate fiber of the wine. This is no doubt one of the most graceful Brunellos to emerge from the 2015 vintage.”  95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
31st January 2020

“Dark red. Notes of iodine, five spice mix and cloves complement ripe red cherry on the nose and in the mouth. Long smooth finish.” 92 points

Ian D’Agata. Vinous
April 2020

 

Brunello di Montalcino 2014

“The Ciacci Piccolomini estate is in the southeastern reaches of Montalcino, near Castelnuovo dell’Abate. It was originally under ecclesiastical ownership but after passing through the hands of two noble families since 1868, the estate was bequeathed to Giuseppe Bianchini, a long-time farmer at the property, in 1985. It’s now in the hands of Giuseppe’s children, Paolo and Lucia. This 2014 has intriguing and ethereal scents of late summer fruit with garden herbs and tobacco. Ripe and elegantly crafted, it has a succulent blood orange undertow and finishes with chalky tannins.” 91 points

Michaela Morris, Decanter,
17th February 2019

“Like the other wines I tasted from Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona this year, I am surprised by the soft ripeness achieved in the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino. This was a cool and soggy vintage so those dark and sweet fruit flavors are counterintuitive. However, they elevate the wine to a higher intensity threshold and a more profound flavor profile. The wine offers enough crisp acidity and tannic firmness to hold it tightly together at this young stage in its lifespan. Some 60,000 bottles were released.”  92+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate,
31st January 2019

 

Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2015

“The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is distinguished by a unique aromatic profile that brings out mineral notes of crushed limestone or chalk. This adds a greater sense of focus and delineation that not only characterizes the bouquet but also applies to the way the wine hits the palate in a fuller and more determined way (compared to the slightly softer classic Brunello). Instead, this single-vineyard Brunello shows an upright and direct approach with soft salinity on the close followed by forest fruit, spice and medicinal herb. The mouthfeel makes a big impact thanks to its streamlined and polished texture.” 96 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate,
31st January 2020

“Deep red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of red and black cherry, cinnamon, mocha, ginger and blood orange. Smooth and multifaceted, with strong licorice notes emerging on the long suave close.” 93 points

Ian D’Agata. Vinous
April 2020

 

Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2013

“Wild-berry, fragrant purple-flower and crushed aromatic herb aromas mingle with whiffs of tilled earth and new leather on this dazzling red. The stunning, savory palate boasts remarkable finesse combined with an age-worthy structure, offering succulent black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco alongside taut, refined tannins. It’s impeccably balanced, with bright acidity. It’s already tempting, but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2021–2033.” 98 points

Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
1st June 2019

“Although this wine is not labeled as a riserva, it is released six years after the harvest as if it were one. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso (with 20,000 bottles produced) opens to balanced fragrances that mix fruity elements with spice, crushed stone and smoke. This wine is linear and direct with firm tannic support at the back. Give it another few year.” 95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate,
31st January 2019

 

Brunello Riserva Pianarosso 2013

“The Pianrosso is a selection of the oldest vines from a single vineyard of almost 12ha, at an altitude of between 240 and 360 metres. It matures in Slavonian oak casks and ages for six years before release. Macerated cherry, plum, anise, eucalyptus and heady florals come out with some coaxing. Full and rich in style, the palate is held together by layers of powdery tannins, while stony, mineral-like nuances add intrigue. It needs a couple more years to fully express itself, but is already demonstrating great persistence and definition.” 94 points

Michaela Morris, Decanter,
17th February 2019

 

Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Riserva Santa Caterina d’Oro 2012

“This gorgeous wine opens with alluring aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, underbrush, new leather, truffle, plum and eucalyptus. Smooth and full-bodied yet elegant, the savory, juicy palate delivers crushed Marasca cherry, raspberry preserve, licorice and menthol alongside polished, enveloping tannins. Fresh acidity provides impeccable balance while an orange zest note lifts the finish.” 100 points

Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
1st April 2017

“Some glossy oak warmth across the ripe red cherry and raspberry aromas on the nose. With walnuts, blonde tobacco, sweet brown spices and earthy nuances too. The palate has a level of power and energy that really sets it apart. Shows a very succulent and vibrant core of red fruits and light earthy notes through the finish. Great balance here.” 97 points

James Suckling
4th April 2018