2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino
Balance of a queen. Simply elegant. Gushing over how it treats your palate like royalty.
"Bright red. Enticing floral lift to the aromas of red cherry, ink and licorice. Sweet and suave, with red cherry, herbal and floral flavors carrying nicely through a long finish. Sneaky concentration and a suave texture make this an outstanding Rosso, and one that doesn’t try to be a Brunello." 90 pts - Ian D'Agata/Vinous
From the producer: The Ciacci Piccolomini dAragona estate, whose origins date back to the 17th century, produces some of Italys most highly regarded wines. In 1985, estate manager Giuseppe Bianchini inherited the property from Countess Elda Ciacci Piccolomini dAragona, 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 dellAbate zone includes the famed Pianrosso site. The vineyards are located between Poggio dArna and the Orcia River on the southwest side of Montalcino at an altitude of 787 to 1,181 feet. Organic fertilizers are employed along with double pruning and green harvesting. The Bianchinis own three cellars the ancient Palazzo 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.