Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso wins the award of longest wine name ever on Wine90 that much is fact but does it bring any other unique qualities? It do! It’s also the first wine I’ve written about without actually having drunk it in the past few days. It’s also the best Brunello di Montalcino I’ve ever had. My tasting note is from the 1997 vintage and is a couple of years old now.

Why am I bringing you such old news?

Well, because all my wines are packed, boxed and ready to by heaved into the back on my brothers car. I’m leaving the urban hub of Mestre in 3 days for sunny London town and as such I simply didn’t drink any wine last night, nor the night before! Is it a coincidence that this morning I wake up to find two mosquito bites on my face?! I don’t believe so. We all knew red wine was good for you but I didn’t realise it was a mosquito repellent too, which clearly it must be. Another reason for a daily tipple if one were needed.

So Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona eh? These are serious players in Montalcino, seriously slick image and top quality wines. Anyone interested in both wine and the female form should check out their website which should carry some kind of 18 certificate. When Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona make good… they really make good and Brunello is what they do best. That being said, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blended “Ateo” is a very fair priced Super Tuscan and the 100% SyrahFabius” can bring very good value (personally I prefer the Syrah).

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona produce 3 Brunello wines that seem to take turns in being the best of the vineyard but in 1997 this wine, the Vigna di Pianrosso was the star turn. 36 months in Slavonian oak and low yields do not a cheap wine make, you can pick up the 1997 Vigna di Pianrosso today for about €120 a bottle. This is why we buy wine on release grape pickers :D
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso 1997BUY – €120
Brooding dark red in the glass. After several hours decanting eventually brought around intense aromas of toast, smoke and black cherries. On the palate the wine really comes into its own with the most full bodied, velvet attack of fruit with a nice mineral quality there too. The wine is perfectly structured the tannins well integrated and the finish is long and elegant with the fruit continuing on the palate from start to finish. Super balance. 95 Points

No need for the OCD panic, the title fits.
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Bracali - €120
Americans - K&L Wine Merchants – $149
Brits – Fine and Rare - £74
Australians - Um

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October is going to be Brunello month. I don’t drink enough of the stuff and I need your recommendations on Brunello di Montalcino wines that you’ve tried and loved. Recommend Brunellos for me for Brunello month and the best recommendation will get a special round of applause from my good self. Bring it on!
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13 thoughts on “Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso

  1. I often find Brunello has too much tannin and musty oak and not enough fruit so it does not appeal much to my taste. But my friend insists the Salvioni 2001 is extraordinary.

  2. Taking a look at my inventory, here are my favourite producers:

    Fuligni
    Costanti
    Poggio Antico

    I also enjoy La Gerla, Col d’Orcia (especially the Riserva Poggio al Vento), Lisini, and Canalicchio di Sopra.

    Looking at my notes over the years – 200+ bottles of Brunello consumed! – I’ve gone through many bottles of those top 3 in particular (and the a lesser extent the rest of the list), and average scores is 90+, and that includes “off-vintages.”

    I personally think that 1997s are just barely entering their drinking window and will benefit from a couple years more age at least. 1999 and 2001 are hands off. 2003 is generally a pass. 1998 and 2000 are ideal to drink now, as it is a “smaller” vintage. 2004 is going to be a blockbuster.

    If you needed to pop something open right now, I would go for something like a 2000 Fuligni. A 1998 Poggio Antico would also be great. But the basse (white label), not the Altero (purple label). I prefer the regular bottling as it sees botte as opposed to barrique, and is my preference. Both are very well made, but … I like the Sangiovese character that is truer to form in botte.

    If you wanted something to really blow your mind, look for something like a 1990 Fuligni, 1990 Costanti Riserva, or 1985/1988 Col d’Orcia Riserva Poggio al Vento.

    Also, I’m not a fan of decanting Brunello. Period. The nose is one of the best parts of Sangiovese, and I find that decanting loses that delicacy. Pour the wine into the shoulder, and leave it uncorked in the cellar for a couple hours. Or longer, depending on its age. It makes a huge difference in your experience with the wine. Following the wine in the glass after that is easy.

  3. 1997 Canalicchio di Sopra is a special, special Brunello to me. It needed time to open up, but when it did it was long, nuanced, incredible.

    I’d drink just about anything from Valdicava; I even had a Rosso di Montalcino from Valdicava that was mind-blowing.

    When I was in Tuscany in April I asked winemakers whose wine they would choose if they could not drink their own. Four different winemakers said Capanna.

  4. Amazing! I had the 2000 version of this wine tonight. Here are my notes:

    Paired with lamb in a mint sauce- great pairing!

    * 2000 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (9/23/2008)
    When I think of this wine, I think big, robust and dominating (think ’99 and ’01). But this 2000 was quite elegant and soft. It began tight but after an hour in the decanter really revealed fresh cherry, wet spruce notes, hints of tobacco and medium yet soft tannins. Straightforward but quite enjoyable now…may peak in a year or two. (90 pts.)

    The ’97 is much more powerful and is HIGHLY recommended to any of your readers!!!

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