2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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KO 98

kerinokeefe.com, November 2022

Camphor, forest floor, wild berry and dark spice aromas lead the way. Full-bodied and supremely elegant, the delicious palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly woven...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, November 2022

This is so complex, with lifting citrus and herb undertones to the blue and red berry fruit. Thyme, sage and lavender, with mocha and clove, too. Full-bodied, full of depth and intensity, with firm yet seamless tannins...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2023

A special single-vineyard wine with origins in one of the more remote, wild and beautiful corners of Montalcino, this is one of the true treats of the appellation. The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2018 Brunello di...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, September 2023

Comforting, classic Sangiovese aromas of vanilla, orange peel, cherry and cola on the nose transition onto a palate that levels up the sophistication with austere tannins and fiery acidity balanced by violet, cherry and...
VN 94

Vinous, December 2022

Dark depths of crushed plums and black cherries are offset by notes of rosemary, spiced citrus peels and hints of cocoa as the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso opens in the glass. This is an especially racy style for...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, April 2023

A complex red, with dark, savory notes of licorice, eucalyptus and tobacco aligned with cherry and berry flavors. Succulent, showing light viscosity to the texture, with wild herb and iron elements creeping in on the long...
DC 92

Decanter, November 2022

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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is a premiere wine estate located on the southwest side of the Montalcino municipality in Castelnuovo dell’Abate. It covers a vast area of 170 hectares, encircled by vineyards, olive groves, woods, grain and pasture lands, at an altitude of 790 to 1,200 feet. The history of the estate dates back to the 17th century when the Palazzo, the oldest part of the property, was built by Montalcino’s bishop, Fabivs de’ Vecchis of Sant’ Antimo Abbey.

Due to its strategic position and ideal microclimate, the Pianrosso Vineyard is the best expression of the estate. It is the source of the best grapes for the Brunello Pianrosso and Brunello Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso wines.

This wine, made with 100% Sangiovese Grosso, is the result of a careful selection of grapes from the Pianrosso vineyard and has always been the estate’s most representative wine.

The Pianrosso vineyard covers 11,69 hectares (29,22 acres) and is composed of medium-grain soil with good levels of marl, dating from the Eocene period. The wine is aged for 36 months in 20-62 hl Slavonian oak barrels, followed by a minimum of 8 months period of bottle ageing.

Brunello Pianrosso has a ruby red color verging towards garnet. The bouquet is intense, complex, fruit-forward and spicy with hints of ripe red berry fruits enriched by various spicy notes. Warm, soft and harmonic on the palate, it has great balance among pronounced tannins, acidity and savoriness. This elegant wine has good potential for further cellar ageing.

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso, a red wine that emanates elegance and finesse. Crafted from the esteemed Sangiovese Grosso varietal, this wine showcases the exceptional quality that Tuscany, Italy has to offer.

In the glass, this Brunello di Montalcino displays a deep and alluring red color, inviting you to explore its intricate aromas. Upon nosing, notes of camphor, forest floor, wild berry, and dark spices enchant the senses, creating an olfactory experience that hints at the complexity to come.

On the palate, this full-bodied wine truly shines with its supreme elegance. Impeccably balanced, it presents ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, and tobacco flavors, layered within tightly woven, velvety tannins. The bright acidity uplifts the wine, adding a refreshing lift that keeps the palate engaged. With a 14.5% alcohol content, this wine showcases both power and grace, promising a remarkable drinking experience.

Renowned wine critic Kerin O'Keefe has awarded this wine an impressive score of 98 points, praising its depth, elegance, and deliciousness. According to O'Keefe, this wine will continue to evolve until 2038, revealing even more of its exceptional character over time.

Vinous, another esteemed publication, also lauds this wine, awarding it a score of 94 points. They describe the wine as having dark depths of crushed plums and black cherries, balanced by refreshing mineral tones and zesty acidity. This lively and spicy character sets it apart from previous vintages, leaving the palate invigorated and yearning for more.

Decanter Magazine joins in the chorus of praise for this wine, awarding it a score of 92 points. They remark on its umami quality, shape, form, and depth, which contribute to its immediate drinkability and enduring appeal. The sandy tannins add textural complexity, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

James Suckling, a highly influential wine critic, awards this wine an impressive 97 points. Suckling describes the wine as complex, with undertones of citrus and herbs complementing the blue and red berry fruit. With firm yet seamless tannins and a long, evolving finish, this wine promises a truly unforgettable experience, best enjoyed after 2025.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gives this wine a score of 96 points, recognizing its status as a special single-vineyard selection. The Pianrosso vineyard, located in a remote and picturesque corner of Montalcino, contributes to the wine's unique and captivating character. With its beautifully intact color, sweet cherry and spice notes, and balanced structure, this wine is truly a treat for the senses.

Wine Spectator also joins in the acclaim, awarding this wine a score of 94 points. They describe it as a complex red, with savory notes of licorice, eucalyptus, and tobacco intertwining with cherry and berry flavors. The succulent texture and lingering finish, accented by wild herb and iron elements, further highlight the power and grace of this wine.

In conclusion, the 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a masterpiece that exemplifies the best of Italian winemaking. With its exceptional balance, complexity, and elegance, this wine promises to captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression. Whether enjoyed now or aged to perfection, this Brunello di Montalcino is a true gem that wine enthusiasts should not miss.