Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Brunello Riserva Santa Caterina D'Oro Vigna di Pianrosso" 2001

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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Brunello Riserva Santa Caterina D'Oro Vigna di Pianrosso" 2001

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"The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di PianrossoSanta Caterina d’Oro is another terrific effort from Ciacci and proprietor Paolo Bianchini. This sumptuous, deeply-colored wine is gorgeously sweet and long, with endless layers of well-defined smoke, tar, earthiness, tobacco and black cherries. It reveals superb balance as well as ripe tannins that convey an image of elegance. As appealing as it is today, this Brunello will be even better in a few years’ time. It is one of the vintage’s unqualified successes. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019."

The origin of the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona estate dates back to the 17th century. Located in southeastern Montalcino in the beautiful village of Castelnuovo del Abate, it has breathtaking views of the Orcia Vally and Mount Amiata. The oldest part of the property is the Palazzo (meaning Palace), erected by Montalcino’s Bishop, Fabivs de’ Vecchis, Abbot of Sant Antimo abbey.
Over the course of time, the Palazzo became the property of the Montalcino diocese and was auctioned according to Italian law regarding ecclesiastic property.

In 1877, Francesco Ciacci, head of a Castelnuoveo-based family, purchased the property from the Church. In the mid-1900s, the historical “Palazzo del Vescovo” became known as the Palazzo Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona after the marriage between count Alberto Piccolomini d’Aragona, a direct descendent of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), and Elda Ciacci
Today, the Bianchini family owns the Estate. Guiseppe Bianchini managed the farm for the Countess Ciacci Piccolomini. He lived on the land with his family and oversaw the day-to-day operations of food and wine production. His children were born on the Estate, and grew up in the vineyards and olive groves with their father. Guiseppe was willed the property in 1985, when Countess passed without any heirs. Prior to this, the farm made wines for personal and local consumption. The Countess was never interested in making Brunello for the larger market. However, it had always been a dream of Guiseppe’s to produce great Brunello. After selling a portion of the Estate to pay for inheritance taxes, he set about farming the most perfectly situated plots of land for classic Brunello production.

Guiseppe passed in 2004. His children, Paolo and Lucia, continue to farm the land with great care and incredible results. Of the 200 hectares in Montalcino, 40 are planted to vine. They farm organically, without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Nestled at the base of Mount Amiata, the terroir is moderated by proximity to the volcano and the Orcia River. This extends the growing season and, coupled with the well-drained, rocky soils, leads to wines of great finesse, balance, and longevity. Like many of the great producers of Italy, Paolo and Lucia are modern in the vineyards, favoring low yields, using cover crops, and working the vines manually. In the cellar, the Sangiovese-based wines are classically styled, employing large oak and cement with wonderful results. The wines are quintessential expressions of place and the nobility of Sangiovese.

Across the Orcia River from Montalcino lies the DOC of Montecucco, in the province of Grosseto. In 2003, the Bianchinis acquired 12 hectares of vineyards in Montecucco where they farm Sangiovese. The microclimate of these vineyards produces wine of great intensity and balance. True to the Ciacci Piccolomini style, Montecucco Sangiovese has rich fruit, with mineral, flowers and spices, and an incredible sense of place.

From the Montalcino property, Ciacci produces two Sant Antimo wines. “Ateo,” meaning “Athiest,” is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. “Fabivs,” named after the Montalcino Bishop who erected the abbey of Sant Antimo, is 100% Syrah. Both wines are true expressions of place, with the terroir of Montalcino shining through in full force.

Of course Ciacci is best known for their eponymous single-vineyard Brunello, “Vigna di Pianrosso.” One of the most noteworthy crus of Montalcino, the wine is a force, with great power, depth, and elegance. Made only in the best vintages is the “Riserva” bottling of Pianrosso. Recent vintages include 2001, 2004, and 2006. The vintage Brunello is from entirely Estate vines, and is one of the best values in Brunello today. A classic expression of both Montalcino and Ciacci, the wine combines grace and power with a lovely drinkability.

Producent Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Jaar 2001
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Climat Riserva Santa Caterina D'Oro Vigna di Pianrosso
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering 94