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2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1211437 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very perfumed with flower, truffle, light wet earth and cherry character. Full body and full integrated ripe tannins and caresses your palate. Very fine and pretty. Slight soya undertone. Succulent and enticing. You want to drink this. Inner quote mark (12/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino represents a return to the traditional values of Montalcino. The bouquet is buoyant and bright with lingering tones of smoke, ash, balsam herb, licorice and soy sauce. Those kinds of aromas make Brunello such a wonderful wine and thankfully you get them in abundance here. Dry mineral and brimstone also give the wine a sense of focus, sharpness and cleanliness that is very appealing. The close is long, fine and polished. I look forward to retasting this bottle five years from now. (ML) 94+ Inner quote mark (2/2015)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Ciacci Piccolomini produced almost twice as many bottles of their normale in the banner 2010 vintage than in the previous year, and it offers tremendous value. Juicy flavors of red raspberry and cherry flow over dusty tannins like a stream over a sandy bank, picking up notes of anise, tobacco and fennel as the wine moves toward a vibrant and lingering finish. The fine texture and intense red fruit flavors make this a compelling wine to enjoy with a thick grilled pork chop. Inner quote mark (12/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Enticing aromas recall pressed rose, blue flower, crushed berry and tilled earth. The palate delivers juicy black cherry, crushed strawberry, cake spice and savory herb alongside assertive but fine-grained tannins. It’s well balanced but still young and needs time to unwind. (KO) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a great example of the Ciacci house style. Rich, layered and ample, the 2010 blossoms with notable depth and amplitude. This is a classic Brunello from Castelnuovo dell'Abate, where the wines are typically resonant and generous. Readers will find a gorgeous, highly expressive Brunello that will deliver considerable near and medium-term pleasure. Crushed flowers, tobacco and cherry pit add nuance on the soft, open finish. The 2010 spent two and a half years in barrel. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Tight and sinewy, with eucalyptus, cherry, spice and tobacco flavors. The tannins lock this down for now, but the energy and balance persist, showing fine length. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Refined balsamic nose and not immediately pushing the fruit button, meaty with a hint of stone. Very classic, with lift. Concentrated yet cool and pretty austere still. Tannic almost like a Barolo but plenty of fruit to back it up, that is not thick or heavy. Elegant palate weight but quite powerful in its tannic structure. But so tannic this needs lots of time. Rainy, grating tannins with a minerally notes. Opens up and becomes more multi-layered with aeration. points. (WS) 17++/20 points Inner quote mark (1/2015)

K&L Notes

Ciacci has been on a seriously consistent run and 2010 is no exception. James Suckling has rated this wine 90 points or above for six consecutive vintages and this is his highest score to date. The Brunello comes from all of Ciacci's estate vineyards, including the famed Pianrosso, and is aged for three years in oak before bottling.


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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2015 | Send Email
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The nose speaks of sunshine, warmth, sweetness not floral just fruity. The flavors begin to expand on your palate and the simple plummy fruit is transformed to more of a kaleidoscope of flavors, Umeboshi (dried, salted, Japanese plums), wild cherry, iron and leather. While the nose speaks of ripeness the palate presence is freshened by the perfect acidic balance for this wine, just enough to lift without becoming edgy, a long and complex finish that has layers of flavor and textures.
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