2014 Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino
“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. Aromas of wild berries, blue flowers and baking spice. This is a well structured, smooth and easy to drink Rosso. Flavors of berries, herbs, black cherry and a touch of tobacco its tannins are firm but gentle.
“Fresh and fragrant, this opens with lovely scents of woodland berry, blue flower and a whiff of baking spice. The smooth, juicy palate delivers succulent black cherry, star anise, chopped herb and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside firm acidity and polished tannins.” Wine Enthusiast
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