Ciacci 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