Monthly Archives: May 2009

04 Brunello’s and Rosso’s from Ciacci Piccolomini

ciaccipair2004Ciacci Piccolmini is one of the most highly sought-after producers in all of Italy. This ancient estate boasts 85 acres of superior holdings in the prized Castelnuovo dell’Abate zone, including the famed Pianrosso site. Tenuta Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is located on the south-west side of the Montalcino municipality, a mere stones throw from the medieval village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate and the abbey of Sant’Antimo. Today, Paolo Bianchini now owns three cellars: the ancient Palzzo cellar, the main, Molinello cellar and the Santo Stefano cellar, located in Montenero, used solely for the production of their Montecucco DOC wine.

“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 [in 2006], 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

2004 Brunello “Pianrosso”, Named after the vineyard site, this is what Ciacci’s reputation is built upon. Will be one of the top wines of the vintage.  Normally $71  Through Sunday $56
2004 Brunello, the basic brunello that jsut came on line in “03 for great value  Normally $56  Though Sunday $46
2006 Rosso di Montalcino -a fruit forward style with cinnamon adn clove spiced cherries, soft and elegant on the palate with round tannins…a true food wine.$26
2006 IGT Toscana Rosso-formally known as Poggio della Fonte, this first release will fly and if you blink you will miss it, you were warned…$12