The Ciacci Story
Ciacci Piccolmini is one of the most sought-after producers in all of Italy. This ancient estate has 86 acres of superior holdings in the prized Castelnuovo dell'Abate zone, including the "Pianrosso" vineyard. The Pianrosso vineyard is their finest Brunello planting, covering some 27 acres of ideal soils for the production of classic Brunello di Montalcino. At an altitude of from 800 to 1200 feet, it garners the benefits of cooling evening air to moderate the heat of midday, allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly, and completely, assuring that the greatest complexity and depth of flavor can be acheived. The vineyards of Ciacci are maintained at near pristine levels. The Brunellos emphasize finesse and balance, with layers of ultrafine tannins and subtle ripe fruit, yet they age incredibly well.
Wine Spectator 95 Points
Silky and elegant, offering cherry, raspberry, currant and violet aromas and flavors. Detailed and firmly structured, with refined tannins and a lingering aftertaste of red fruits. A Brunello of finesse and harmony. Best from 2012 through 2028. 2,900 cases made. –BS
James Suckling 96 Points
This is a very rich Sangiovese on the nose with dried black cherries and strawberries. Lots of dark chocolate too. Loads of black chocolate cake and dried coffee cake character. Full and very powerful. Lots of ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2014.