-Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Vintage of Brunello di Montalcino is considered among the best in the past 20 Years. There will no doubt be many great wines from this vintage hitting the shelves over the next few months, but we thought it best to start at the top, with store favorite Ciacci Piccolamini d'Aragona.
2015 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso....$74.98
The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is distinguished by a unique aromatic profile that brings out mineral notes of crushed limestone or chalk. This adds a greater sense of focus and delineation that not only characterizes the bouquet but also applies to the way the wine hits the palate in a fuller and more determined way (compared to the slightly softer classic Brunello). Instead, this single-vineyard Brunello shows an upright and direct approach with soft salinity on the close followed by forest fruit, spice and medicinal herb. The mouthfeel makes a big impact thanks to its streamlined and polished texture.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
2015 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino...$55.98 750ml
2015 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino...$33.98 375ml
The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate enjoys a beautiful and huge expanse of vineyards at the back of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate village, where the downward slope of the hamlet meets the Orcia River, which delineates the appellation border. The estate's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers lovely harmony and elegance. The wine's taste profile follows the soft contours and beautiful horizons that characterize this beautiful part of Tuscany. The mouthfeel is medium-weight but carefully balanced with just enough acidity to add brightness. It shows just enough backbone to guarantee staying power and longevity. That said, the tannins are carefully integrated into the delicate fiber of the wine. This is no doubt one of the most graceful Brunellos to emerge from the 2015 vintage
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate