Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
|Brand||Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona|
This gorgeous wine opens with alluring aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, underbrush, new leather, truffle, plum and eucalyptus. Smooth and full-bodied yet elegant, the savory, juicy palate delivers crushed Marasca cherry, raspberry preserve, licorice and menthol alongside polished, enveloping tannins. Fresh acidity provides impeccable balance while an orange zest note lifts the finish. Drink 2023-2032.
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d'Oro is a gorgeous expression that sits firmly on a base of dark fruit, spice, tobacco and crushed river stone. There is a spot of ripe fruit and candied raspberry that comes into focus as the wine warms in the glass. The wine is slightly shorter in the mouth, but it quickly makes up for that, thanks to balanced elegance, fine tannins and tangy acidity.
Good full red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of red cherry and violet are complemented by lower tones of licorice and dried herbs. Concentrated and primary in the midpalate; ripe dark fruit flavors build slowly and stain the palate. Deep and dense on the tactile finish, this wine could use a little more acidity to highlight its dark, medicinal aspect. Bigger, richer and deeper than Ciacci Piccolomini's 2013 Brunello, it will likely develop more grace and nuance over time, hence the "+" sign attached to the numerical score.
An elegant style, this evokes cherry, strawberry, cigar box and graphite flavors matched to a firm structure. Not powerful or concentrated, but with fine balance and expression. Best from 2021 through 2033. 700 cases made, 150 cases imported.