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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% Syrah “Fabius” 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 😀
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso 1997 – BUY – €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!