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Ciacci Piccolomini D’aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino 2018

$75.95
14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 93
  • WA 94
  • JS 95
  • VIN 92
  • WI 95

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    Introducing the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018, a stellar example of Tuscany’s winemaking heritage, produced under the careful guidance of winemaker Paolo Bianchini. This wine embodies the rich tradition of the Ciacci Piccolomini winery, capturing the essence of the Sangiovese Grosso varietal nurtured in the heart of Italy.

    Upon pouring, the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 reveals a captivating ruby red hue that verges towards garnet, a testament to its meticulous aging process. The first whiff is a bouquet of vibrant forest berries, a sprinkle of spice, and a touch of hay, with an intriguing hint of menthol that draws you deeper into its complexity. As it unfolds, the aroma introduces a sophisticated note of new leather, enriching the sensory experience.

    The palate of the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is a journey through a landscape of bold flavors. Dried cherry and blood orange lead the charge, followed by undercurrents of licorice and ground clove, creating a tapestry of taste that is both elegant and full-bodied. The structure of this wine is impeccably balanced, with refined tannins and a lively acidity that ensures a vibrant, energized finish. A lingering note of saline mineral adds a final touch of complexity, making each sip memorable.

    Critics have showered this vintage with acclaim, highlighting Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 standout qualities. Wine Spectator awarded it 93 points, praising its dense and brooding nature, with flavors of plum, cherry, earth, menthol, and tobacco, suggesting a peak maturity from 2026 through 2043. Similarly, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it 94 points for its immediate intensity and complexity, signaling a harmonious blend of red and purple berry fruits with hints of spice and ash. James Suckling’s 95-point score acknowledges its roasted herbs, walnuts, olives, and balsamic nuances, recommending enjoyment post-2024 for its full-bodied, creamy texture. Vinous appreciates its dark, brooding character and vibrant acidity, granting it 92 points.

    The 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino is not just a wine; it’s a narrative of dedication and expertise, from the vineyard to the bottle. Grown in the diverse soils of Tuscany, from 650 to 1,300 feet in altitude, each Sangiovese Grosso grape contributes to the wine’s distinctive character. The fermentation process in temperature-controlled vats, followed by aging in Slavonian oak barrels, ensures that every glass of Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is a celebration of craftsmanship and tradition.

    This Brunello di Montalcino 2018 price reflects its quality and the prestige of the Ciacci Piccolomini winery, making it a sought-after bottle for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re pairing it with roasted meats, game, or mature cheese, the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 promises an enriching experience, blending the best of Tuscany’s terroir with the artistry of its makers.

    In summary, the Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is a testament to the excellence achievable when tradition meets innovation. Its aromatic bouquet, rich palate, and graceful finish make it an exceptional choice for those looking to explore the depth and complexity of Italian wines. As it continues to evolve, this Brunello di Montalcino will undoubtedly cement its place as a favorite among the offerings from Ciacci Piccolomini.

    32 reviews for Ciacci Piccolomini D’aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino 2018

    1. Susie Gallegas

      The cigar and cranberry undertones in this wine are reminiscent of the azienda agricola dei maria caterina dei. The rosemary and thyme flavors add a refreshing twist.

    2. Sonia Minner

      The vino nobile di montepulciano dei offers a charming blend of cocoa and cigar, with a touch of cranberry. The rosemary and thyme undertones add an unexpected twist to this Tuscany wine.

    3. Robert Viles

      A sip of this wine and you’ll understand why the Sangiovese grapes ripen to perfection. It’s as good as the dei vino nobile di montepulciano with those earthy undertones.

    4. Tia Chambers

      This wine is a plush blend of dark chocolate and blueberry, reminiscent of the DEI Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2017. The truffle and cigar box undertones are truly remarkable.

    5. Sandra Patton

      This Pianrosso offers free shipping on 12 bottles. With its hints of raisin, cinnamon, and minerals, it’s an excellent addition to any wine enthusiast’s collection.

    6. Howard Tice

      The DEI Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2017 is a must-have. The flavours of balsamic and black cherry sing in harmony, while the subtle touch of pepper and tar adds depth.

    7. Emily Evens

      The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a symphony of flavors from raspberry to plum with a touch of mushroom and vanilla. It’s almost as if you’re tasting the Nobile Di Montepulciano.

    8. Peter Dollar

      The wine’s cedar and strawberry flavors remind me of the vino nobile di montepulciano dei. It’s a pleasure to savor the lingering taste of red cherry in my mouth.

    9. Kris Prevost

      The savory and anise notes in this wine are a delightful surprise, a perfect creation by the winemaker caterina dei. The subtle cheese and cocoa aftertaste is a treat.

    10. Mary Bui

      The flavors of dark fruit and coffee in this wine are a testament to the winemaking skills of azienda agricola maria caterina dei. The balsamic undertones add a unique twist.

    11. Edna Morrison

      The Sangiovese by Cantine Dei is remarkable. The flavors of dark chocolate and blueberry are captivating, while the subtle truffle and cigar box notes add an intriguing complexity.

    12. Bruce Coleman

      The azienda agricola dei maria caterina dei’s wine is a treat. The lush flavors of forest floor and black fruit are enriched with a dash of prune and sour cherry.

    13. Charles Hovermale

      The earthy and chocolate tones of this wine are a delight, reminding me of the Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano. The red fruit aftertaste is a pleasant surprise.

    14. Jose Aquilina

      The cheese and cocoa flavors in this wine are a testament to the craftsmanship of winemaker caterina dei. It’s as captivating as the Sangiovese by Cantine Dei.

    15. Ronald Leighton

      The taste of black cherry and pepper in this wine is reminiscent of the dei montepulciano vino nobile. The hint of tar perfectly complements the raisin and cinnamon flavors.

    16. Lisa Thompson

      Nobile Di Montepulciano is a true gem. The Pianrosso’s notes of strawberry and red cherry are beautifully balanced with the earthy tones of dark fruit and a hint of coffee.

    17. Imogene Jones

      The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a perfect blend of violet and cassis. It’s as enchanting as the Sangiovese grapes ripen to perfection.

    18. Calvin Vanderpool

      The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is like biting into a cherry, with a hint of leather and oak. Reminds me of the dei vino nobile di montepulciano bossona riserva 2017.

    19. Mary Dominguez

      The toffee and savory tones of this wine are a delight, reminding me of the Nobile Di Montepulciano. The anise aftertaste is a pleasant surprise.

    20. Susan Ballard

      The dei montepulciano vino nobile’s flavors of violet, cassis, and toffee are stunning. The savory anise and cheese undertones bring a unique balance to this Pianrosso.

    21. Juanita Vargo

      An explosion of flavors from licorice to blackberry, a true reflection of azienda agricola dei maria caterina dei’s winemaking skills. The dark chocolate finish is sublime.

    22. Carol Garstka

      This wine is a sensation, just like the Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano. It’s as if you’re walking through a forest floor with its earthy flavors and a hint of black fruit.

    23. Roger Ramirez

      The Pianrosso’s flavors of cream and dark fruit are delightful. The free shipping on 12 bottles is a great deal for this Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino.

    24. Rickey Wilkins

      Rated 94 by James Suckling, this dei vino nobile di montepulciano bossona riserva 2017 is a must-try. Its raspberry and plum undertones are a delightful surprise, complemented with a hint of mushroom and vanilla.

    25. Mary Nguyen

      This wine is a treat, just like the Tuscany wines. The cream flavor perfectly complements the cherry and leather, rated 94 by James Suckling.

    26. Teresa Bragg

      A true gem from Tuscany wines, with a free shipping offer on 12 bottles. Its earthy, chocolate flavor is reminiscent of the DEI Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2017.

    27. Steven Neuhaus

      The minerals and forest floor flavors bring out the best in this wine. It’s as captivating as the dei vino nobile di montepulciano with its prune and sour cherry notes.

    28. Susan Hightower

      The Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano from winemaker caterina dei is a treat, offering a beautiful mix of licorice, blackberry, and a hint of smoke. The cedar aftertaste is a lovely touch.

    29. Herbert Baker

      The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a splendid representation of dei vino nobile di montepulciano. The flavors of cherry and leather converge beautifully with a touch of earthy tobacco.

    30. Lionel Cager

      Nothing beats the taste of Sangiovese by Cantine Dei. It’s the perfect blend of red fruit and tobacco, rated 94 by James Suckling.

    31. Jesus Celestin

      The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a perfect blend of oak and tobacco. It’s as enchanting as the free shipping 12 bottles offer.

    32. Eduardo Hilyer

      This Tuscany wine, Pianrosso, is a delicious blend of azienda agricola maria caterina dei’s mastery and the richness of Sangiovese grapes ripen to perfection. The tantalizing flavors of oak and chocolate are simply irresistible.

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    What is Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona?

    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona is a renowned winery located in Tuscany, Italy, celebrated for its exceptional Brunello di Montalcino wines. Emphasizing traditional winemaking methods while incorporating modern techniques, it produces exquisite wines that reflect the rich terroir and heritage of the Montalcino region.

    What is the 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello like?

    The 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino is a rich, full-bodied red wine, showcasing vibrant aromas of forest berries, spice, and leather. With flavors of dried cherry, blood orange, and licorice, it features bright acidity, seamlessly integrated tannins, and a lingering mineral finish. A testament to Tuscan winemaking excellence.

    What are the characteristics of Brunello di Montalcino?

    Brunello di Montalcino boasts a deep ruby red hue and a rich, supple texture. Its dominant flavors include blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry, alongside notes of chocolate, leather, and violets. Typically characterized by medium-to-high tannins, pronounced acidity, robust alcohol content, and a moderate body, Brunello wines epitomize complexity and elegance.

    What is the difference between Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva?

    Brunello di Montalcino Riserva undergoes an additional year of aging compared to its standard counterpart. While regular Brunello wines hit the market after five years from harvest, the Riserva version becomes available for purchase a year later, making its debut after six years.

    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. Best from 2026 through 2043. 4,833 cases made, 2,383 cases imported
    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. This is a large production of 80,000 bottles.
    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.
    VIN 92
    Vinous
    The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is dark and brooding, taking its time to blow off a whiff of mocha before opening up with a mix of dried red fruits, cloves and rosemary. This is surprisingly pure and lifted in style while maintaining elegance, as ripe red and black fruits cascade across a core of vibrant acidity. The 2018 leaves the palate buzzing with residual tension, as fine-grained tannins penetrate deeply, and hints of tart wild berry and a dusting of cocoa slowly fade. (Drink between 2024-2031)
    WI 95
    The Wine Independent
    This 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate zone in the southeast of the appellation produces wines that combine power and elegance. The 2018 is medium ruby colored with plenty of sweet oak-spice and bright, red cherry fruit here and there. There’s lots of charm on the palate and it is a wine that is very gracefully melded together. There is a beautifully refined quality to the tannins. The finish is lingering, creamy and elegant. This wine has so much charm and drinkability. It is not huge wine but it accurately reflects the vintage and it is very appealing

    What does Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, peach, apricot

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, lime

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, tomato leaf

    raisin, fig, prune

    grilled pineapple

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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