Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2015
Item Number: 26266
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 26266
Wine Spectator 91
"A harmonious style, whose graceful frame is enhanced by strawberry, cherry, graphite and tobacco flavors. Intense and long, with plenty of energy on the finish. Drink now through 2023.”
Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese Grosso from Ciacci’s organically farmed Montalcino Estate. It is fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats before being transferred to large Slavonian oak where it rests for 12 months. Just over 1000 cases are made each year.
“Brother-and-sister team Paolo and Lucia Bianchini continue to make excellent Brunellos in the tradition of their father, Giuseppe, who died in 2004. They are better employing their new modern cellars, which were completed last year, and continue to maintain their south-facing vineyards at near pristine levels. The Brunellos emphasize finesse and balance, with layers of ultrafine tannins and subtle ripe fruit, yet they age incredibly well. The Bianchini family was gifted its Brunello estate in 1985 by Countess Elda Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, who had no heirs; Giuseppe had been the estate manager.” — The Wine Spectator, July 31, 2007
Ciacci Piccolmini is one of the most sought-after producers in all of Italy. This ancient estate has 35 hectares of superior holdings in the prized Castelnuovo dell’Abate zone, including the ‘Pianrosso’ vineyard (meaning ‘red field,’ a reference to the iron rich soils) and the ‘Fonte’ vineyard, which produces grapes for the Rosso di Montalcino.
Plantings of Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot are to the south, where the Orcia river provides a milder microclimate. The non-traditional wines are as exciting as the Brunello and Rosso: ‘Ateo,’ which means ‘atheist,’ is a statement against the restrictive laws that govern winemaking in Italy; the wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 100% Syrah ‘Fabius’ is one of the greatest expressions of that variety in Italy and Parker once called it “the finest Italian Syrah I have tasted.” The estate is a member of the EU ‘Lotta Integrata’ movement, which promotes reduced use of chemicals and organic viticulture; at Ciacci, fertilization is organic, and pruning and harvest are done by hand.
Vineyard Management: Although the estate is not certified, the guidelines of organic agriculture are followed. Only sulfur- and copper-based products are used. The area is sheltered by Mount Amiata and enjoys excellent air circulation. Only organic fertilizers are used (there is a cattle farm nearby for manure). The soil between the rows of vines is tilled and no herbicides are used. Minimum dosages of SO2 is used in the wines.
Excellent value - Nice dark hue. Dark plum and fruit on nose and palate. Espresso chocolate. Some vanilla and spice from the oak in background. Long smooth tannins finish well. Great wine. Best RDM I've had in a while. 91-92 pts
Posted by Renato on 11/1/17 [Verified]
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