Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ciacci Piccolomini 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino

The Ciacci Piccolomini winery is located near Castelnuovo Dell'Abate, about 15 minutes south of Montalcino. As I recall from a visit a few years ago, the winery is lovely, and in a beautiful setting amongst low hills, just below Castelnuovo Dell'Abate. The vineyards are at an elevation of approximately 300 meters.The Pianrosso vineyard is the source for their single vineyard and Riserva releases. The "Annata", their normale Brunello, ages for 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks, and then for at least 4 months in bottle. The soil is typical for the Castenuovo dell'Abate area of the zone, primarily marl, which is a significant factor in the fine acidity in this wine.

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino "Annata", 14.5% ABV , $50.00
Great aromatics of  charred earth and wood, with dark spice notes, clean red cherry, and a suggestion of roses. There is also a subtle richness in the nose. The aromatic behavior continues on the palate, with solid balance. Lean blackberry and black cherry fruit are supported by vibrant acidity and an active structure. Later on the palate, notes of sweet tobacco, cherry liquor and more spice linger on the fairly long finish. This wine is pleasantly angular, with charred Earth underscoring everything. A nice combination of strength and finesse. 90 Pts

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