Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona

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

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Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2016
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88 "Cherry, loam, tomato leaf and earth flavors highlight this fluid red. Balanced and moderately long. Drink now. 3,300 cases made. –BS"  Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese Grosso from Ciacci’s organically farmed Montalcino Estate. It is fermented in stainless steel and
Item Number: 30253
Bottle:$18.95
Case: $227.40
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Ciacci Piccolomini Brun di Montalcino 2013 375ml
Please note this is a 375mL (bottle) bottle, which is smaller than a regular 750mL bottle!
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Exuding cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco aromas and flavors, this effusive, fruity style is bright and elegant, with terrific harmony and a long, mouthwatering finish that leaves a mineral impression. Very compelling. Best from 2020 through 2036. 3,500 cases made. –BS" 
Item Number: 29089
Bottle:$24.95
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Ciacci Piccolomini 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2012
100  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 100 Cellar Selection "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
Item Number: 28453
Bottle:$139.95
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Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2013
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Exuding cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco aromas and flavors, this effusive, fruity style is bright and elegant, with terrific harmony and a long, mouthwatering finish that leaves a mineral impression. Very compelling. Best from 2020 through 2036. 3,500 cases made. –BS" 

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2015
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91  Wine Spectator 
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

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Fabius' 2015
TASTING NOTES The nose is intense, complex and persistent with hints of blueberry, plum and cherry enriched by elegant spicy notes. Warm, soft, well balanced, persistent with round tannins. It expresses power, persistence, delicacy and a great character.  FABIVS S.ANTIMO DOC This product is

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Fabius' 2013
Tasting Notes The bouquet is intense, complex and persistent with hints of blueberry, plum and cherry enriched by elegant spicy notes. Warm, soft, well balanced, persistent with round tannins. It expresses power, persistence, delicacy and a great character.  FABIVS S.ANTIMO DOC This product is

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2012
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 Cellar Selection "Dark spice, ripe berry, forest floor, Mediterranean brush and new leather aromas lead the nose on this powerfully structured wine. On the full-bodied palate, baking spice, licorice and pipe tobacco notes accent a juicy black cherry core while firm, velvety

Ciacci Piccolomini 'Pianrosso' Brunello di Montalcino 2012
97  James Suckling 
James Suckling 97 Top 100 2017 # 22 "This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage. Publish

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2011
94  James Suckling 
Vinous Media 94 "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. In 2011, proprietor Paolo Bianchini bottled just one Brunello. That commitment to quality comes through loud and clear. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and licorice all flesh out in an effortless, incredibly inviting wine. The warmth

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2014
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "Although a bit lighter than it often is, Ciacci's 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is soft, supple and open-knit, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next 2-3 years. Cinnamon, rose petal and raspberry are pushed forward in this pretty, succulent

Ciacci 'Pianrosso' Riserva Brunello di Montalcino 2010
100  James Suckling 
James Suckling 100 "Aromas of plums, flowers, fresh mushrooms and violets. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Beautiful balance and length. Powerful tannins underneath the exquisite fruit. Great finish. Goes on for minutes. Drink or hold."  Wine Advocate 96 "With so many

Ciacci Piccolomini 'Ateo' Cabernet/Merlot 2013
" Created as a statement against Italy’s restrictive wine making laws in 1989, the wine of the “Atheist” has remained the same even though Italy’s laws have changed! Once a vino da tavola, this wine was elevated to IGT Toscana, and then finally to Sant’Antimo rosso as Italy’s classifications

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Wine Spectator 90 "A rich style, with cherry and plum flavors set against a vibrant structure. The dense tannins emerge on the moderately long finish. Drink now through 2021. 3,300 cases made. –BS"  Vinous Media 90 "The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Fabius' 2012
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Lots of currant, blackberry and flower aromas follow through to a full body with tar, meat, dark-chocolate and spice character. Always an outstanding syrah. Drink or hold."  FABIVS S.ANTIMO DOC This product is protected by an hologram on the capsule. This wine is dedicated to

Ciacci Piccolomini 'Ateo' Cabernet/Merlot 2012
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92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "The 2012 Ateo, Ciacci's Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, captures the essence of this warm, radiant vintage in its exuberant fruit and juicy personality. Black cherry, plum, spice and licorice flesh out in a succulent wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. The blend is

Ciacci Piccolomini 'Pianrosso' Brunello di Montalcino 2010
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98  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 "Aromas of lilac, dark berry and sandalwood follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and an intense and savory finish. Very intense and very long. Succulent. Amazing balance and depth to this red. It's so beautiful to taste now but it will be much better in five to ten

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2010
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94  James Suckling 
Wine Advocate 94+ “One of the stars of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate subzone, this historic estate in family hands for generations has beautifully interpreted the 2010 vintage. Among its most precious assets is the Pianrosso vineyard with southwest exposures and medium, reddish soils peppered with

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2012
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "Layers of animal, fresh wild strawberry with skin of dry cinnamon and lime on nose. Savory, sweet and grilled peach with layer of nutty, wood character. Drink now or better in 2016"  " Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese Grosso from Ciacci's organically farmed Montalcino

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2009
91  James Suckling 
Vinous Media 91 "Proprietor Paolo Bianchini made some tough choices in 2009. There is no Riserva and no Pianrosso. Instead, all of that fruit went into the straight 2009 Brunello di Montalcino, which is one of the best wines of this very challenging vintage. That it comes from the southern part of

Ciacci Piccolomini 'Pianrosso' Brunello di Montalcino 2008
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Aromas of dried cherries and plums with hints of flowers follow through to a full body with velvety tannins and a juicy, meaty, fruity aftertaste. Turns to chocolate powder as well. Drink or hold. "  Wine Spectator 91 "Graphite and cedar aromas lead off in this cherry-,

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Fabius' 2011
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Aromas of dried fruits with hints of smoked meat and walnuts. Full body, with loads of fruit and a juicy, velvety palate. Intense finish. This is a pure Syrah with beautiful richness and texture. Drink or hold"  FABIVS S.ANTIMO DOC This product is protected by an hologram on

Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino 2011
90  James Suckling 
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

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino is plush, rich and totally inviting. It boasts stunning textural depth and richness for a Rosso. The warmth of these warm microclimates in the south of Montalcino comes through in spades. This is a hugely overachieving wine from Ciacci and proprietor

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2007
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 9 " Brother and sister Paolo and Lucia Bianchini are the team behind this impressive Brunello. The family’s vines are located in the prized southwest-facing vineyards of the region, which at their highest point reach an elevation of nearly 1,200 feet. A