Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2015
Ciacci Piccolmini, one of the most sought-after producers in all of Italy, is an ancient estate with 35 hectares of superior holdings in the prized Castelnuovo dell’Abate zone. Brother-and-sister team Paolo and Lucia Bianchini produce excellent Brunellos on the tradition of their late father, Giuseppe. This Brunello is rich, warm, and soft. It’s a lush, beautiful wine. 100% Sangiovese. Organic.
JS98: "Extremely perfumed and decadent with dried flowers and spices and fresh mushrooms. Cherries,too. Full body. Solid core of fruit, yet ever so fine tannins. Goes on for minutes. Such beautifully crafted tannins. Drink after 2021."
WA96: "The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate enjoys a beautiful and huge expanse of vineyards at the back of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate village, where the downward slope of the hamlet meets the Orcia River, which delineates the appellation border. The estate's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers lovely harmony and elegance. The wine's taste profile follows the soft contours and beautiful horizons that characterize this beautiful part of Tuscany. The mouthfeel is medium-weight but carefully balanced with just enough acidity to add brightness. It shows just enough backbone to guarantee staying power and longevity. That said, the tannins are carefully integrated into the delicate fiber of the wine. This is no doubt one of the most graceful Brunellos to emerge from the 2015 vintage. Some 74,500 bottles were released in January 2020."