2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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KO 97 JS 95 TWI 95 WA 94 WS 93 VN 92
KO 97

kerinokeefe.com, November 2022

Forest berry, spice, hay and menthol aromas mingle with whiffs of new leather on this stunning, fragrant Brunello. A top-scorer vintage after vintage, the 2018 combines elegance and a full body, delivering dried cherry...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, November 2022

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.
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, February 2023

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...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2023

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...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2023

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...
VN 92

Vinous, December 2022

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...


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.

The 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes selected for the production of Ciacci’s Brunello di Montalcino “Annato” are sourced from 16.5 hectares of vineyards composed of medium-grain, marl-rich soils. The altitude of the vineyards varies from 650 to 1,300 feet.

Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel and glass-lined concrete vats. The wine is aged for 24 months in 20-85 hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels, followed by a minimum of 4 months bottle aging.

The color of the wine is ruby red verging towards garnet. The bouquet is intense, fruit-forward, spicy and floral with hints of red berry fruits enriched by delicate spicy notes. The wine is warm, soft and very well balanced on the palate. It is structured with soft tannins and a long aftertaste. It is an ideal companion of roasted and stewed meat, game and mature cheese.

The 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino is a Sangiovese Grosso varietal from the renowned Tuscan region of Italy. This wine exemplifies the balance and complexity that Brunello di Montalcino is known for, with a 14.5% alcohol content and traditional cork closure.

Kerin O'Keefe, in her review for kerinokeefe.com, awarded this wine an impressive 97 points, highlighting its "forest berry, spice, hay, and menthol aromas" mingled with "whiffs of new leather." She commended its combination of elegance and full body, noting flavors of "dried cherry, blood orange, licorice, and ground clove" with firm but refined tannins. O'Keefe suggested it has a bright acidity that keeps it energized and a saline mineral note that adds depth to the finish. She recommends drinking it between 2026 and 2038.

Vinous, which rated the wine at 92 points, described the 2018 vintage as "dark and brooding," with initial mocha notes that evolve into "dried red fruits, cloves, and rosemary." The review emphasized the wine's purity and elegance, with ripe red and black fruits supported by vibrant acidity. The finish is characterized by fine-grained tannins and hints of tart wild berry and cocoa. This wine is suggested for consumption between 2024 and 2031.

James Suckling, giving it a 95-point score, mentioned aromas of "roasted herbs, walnuts, olives, dried cherries, and balsamic," complemented by leather and sage. He praised its full-bodied nature, finely-knit tannins, and creamy texture. Suckling recommended trying it after 2024.

Wine Spectator rated it 93 points, describing it as "dense and brooding," with flavors of "plum, cherry, earth, menthol, and tobacco." Although currently austere with dominant tannins, the wine is well-balanced and has extended length. The best drinking window is from 2026 through 2043.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave the wine 94 points, noting its immediate intensity and complexity. The review highlighted red and purple berry fruits followed by "tarry spice, campfire ash, licorice, and rusty nail." The tannins are seamlessly integrated, making it suitable for both immediate consumption and aging. This vintage produced 80,000 bottles, reflecting the winemaking team's skill in a challenging year.

The Wine Independent also awarded it 95 points, praising its medium ruby color, sweet oak-spice, and bright red cherry fruit. The review mentioned the wine's charm, refined tannins, and elegant, lingering finish. It is noted for accurately reflecting the vintage and offering significant drinkability.

Overall, the 2018 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino is highly regarded across multiple reviewers for its balance, complexity, and aging potential.