James Suckling 90
"Another reserved and fruity Rosso di Montalcino with beautiful cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now. - jamesuckling.com (October 2013)"
Stephen Tanzer 89
"Dark ruby; one of the deepest-colored 2011 Rosso di Montalcino wines. Sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) complement candied red cherry and raspberry syrup on the rich nose. Then big, ripe and rich on the palate, with flavors of dark cherry macerated in alcohol, vanilla, oak and minerals lingering impressively. Finishes with vibrant acidith, smooth tannins, a trace of alcoholic heat and more than a hint of residual sugar. This is a superripe style of Rosso di Montalcino but I'm betting its that creamy sweetness and perfumed personality are going to be hard to resist."
Antonio Galloni 88
"Ciacci's 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the darker wines of the year. Black cherries, flowers, spices and cloves all take shape in a powerful, broad Rosso that stands out for its sheer intensity. The ripeness of the year in this southern most part of Montalcino comes through in spades. Not a lightweight, this serious Rosso is all about richness."
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 Slovenian oak where it rests for 12 months. Just over 1000 cases are made each year.
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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 (from which the best grapes are selected for the Brunello di Montalcino) 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 Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and received 90 pts from Parker for the 2003 vintage. 100% Syrah "Fabius" is one of the greatest expressions of that varietal in Italy: Parker once called it "the finest Italian Syrah I have tasted."
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.
Farming Practice: Practicing Organic