Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018

14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 93
  • WE 93
  • WA 94
  • DEC 93
  • JS 95
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    Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello Di Montalcino 2018 is a true masterpiece crafted by winemaker Paolo Bianchini, with the consulting expertise of a talented team. This wine, lauded by critics, presents an exquisite journey for the senses.

    In the glass, it reveals a captivating ruby red hue with subtle garnet highlights. The bouquet is nothing short of enchanting, offering an intense and fruit-forward experience. Aromas of red berry fruits take center stage, delicately laced with enticing spicy and floral notes. The nose is further enriched by hints of dried cherries, balsamic, and a touch of leather, as noted by James Suckling.

    Upon the first sip, the palate is greeted with warmth, softness, and impeccable balance. The wine’s structure is characterized by velvety tannins that lend it a well-rounded and elegant quality. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate praises its immediate intensity and complexity, with flavors of red and purple berries gracefully intertwining with tarry spice, campfire ash, licorice, and rustic nuances.

    Wine Spectator concurs, describing its density and brooding nature, with plum, cherry, earth, menthol, and tobacco notes. Despite its current austerity, the wine’s equilibrium and length leave a lasting impression.

    Meanwhile, Wine Enthusiast highlights the wine’s evolving aromatic journey, from sweet cherry and vanilla bean to cured meat and graphite, all underscored by crisp fruit flavors of red apple skin and Bing cherry.

    Decanter adds the final layer of praise, emphasizing the umami quality and deliciousness of taste. The Pianrosso selection from Ciacci Piccolomini’s vineyards showcases its southern origins with iron-rich marly soils. It boasts a distinctive shape, depth, and endurance, with notes of persimmon, hibiscus, iron, and salty minerals.

    Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello Di Montalcino 2018 is not just a wine; it’s a symphony of flavors and aromas that dance gracefully on the palate. Whether enjoyed now or aged, this wine is a testament to the artistry and dedication of its winemaking team, offering an unforgettable and soulful experience to wine enthusiasts.


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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    Wine Spectator
    Dense and brooding, revealing plum, cherry, earth, menthol and tobacco flavors. On the austere side today, with buried fruit and dominant tannins, yet this has fine equilibrium and extended length.
    WE 93
    Wine Enthusiast
    Sweet cherry, vanilla bean and orange zest are on the nose, which slowly opens to reveal quieter aromas of cured meat and graphite. The palate emphasizes the savory with more sanguine notes pointed up by crisp fruit flavors of red apple skin and Bing cherry, emphasized by well-articulated tannins.
    WA 94
    Wine Advocate
    The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino turns out beautiful results if you choose to drink the wine now, or if you opt to age it a little longer. It offers immediate intensity and complexity with a prelude of red and purple berry fruits that follow to tarry spice, campfire ash, licorice and rusty nail. Those savoy tones are well measured against the wine's elegant, mid-weight finish. And the tannins are integrated seamlessly. The winemaking team has worked well in a challenging vintage.
    DEC 93
    Both of Ciacci Piccolomini’s 2018s offer a ‘deliciousness’ of taste and a truly umami quality, however the Pianrosso selection delivers greater Brunello satisfaction. Not quite 12 hectares, this iron-rich marly vineyard soaked up just enough warmth to clearly demonstrate its southern origins. It has more shape, form and depth to lend endurance. Iron and salty minerals emerge from a backdrop of persimmon and hibiscus, finishing with Mediterranean herbs. Docile and yielding, the gentle sandy tannins give textural complexity as well as an immediate drinkability.
    JS 95
    James Suckling
    Roasted herbs, walnuts, olives, dried cherries and balsamic on the nose with a touch of leather and sage. It’s full-bodied with firm, finely-knit tannins. Creamy and so well integrated with depth and class. Try after 2024.

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