Like anyone who loves Italian wine, I love the Sangiovese grape.  There is something particularly juicy and delicious about Sangiovese wines, especially when produced in areas like Montalcino that lend them a powerful edge, and a muscular backbone. Truly though,  I had a Sangiovese revelation the other night when I tasted the 1999 Ciacci Piccolomini Vigna di Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino.  Pure and simple, this wine is transcendence

Ciacci Piccolomini’s Vigna di Pianrossa Brunello is a single vineyard bottling, noted for its elegance, structure and longevity.  After opening a 12 year-old bottle I think I am starting to understand what “longevity” really means.  The wine was fresh, vibrant, and positively youthful, especially in its bright red coloring.  The tannins had just begun to soften, and I wonder what another 12 years would do to this delicious bottle.  On the nose the wine is smokey, sultry like a warm Tuscan breeze. On the palate it is clean, lifted by this bright cherry fruit and tingly, fresh acidity.  Elegance suspended in power.  Like fingertips brushing against your throat, this wine is a master of seduction.

What to pair with such a wine?  Without a doubt, Osso Buco.  Smothered in a vegetable ragu with all that sweet braising liquid seeping into a pile of luscious polenta.

I think I’m in love, Ciacci.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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11 Responses

  1. The Blissful Adventurer

    My very good friend was a member of that winery and I enjoyed very much going there to see her and always knowing I could try all the wines. One of the first Brunello producers I sold every year

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  2. MikeTVino

    MikeTVino loves Joanie (Emil you know what I mean) and Ciacci Piccolomini (that is) and I just set up appointment with Paolo for VinItaly. Last year I finished my 1990 Brunello and I wish I had more to taste in years to come.

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  3. Angela Biagiotti

    Joanie,
    what a pleasure to read your post! thanks for sharing your experience!
    we all look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks at Vinitaly and enjoying some great wines together!!!

    Angela Biagiotti
    Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona

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  4. MikeTVino

    I will be assisting Paolo at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour stop in Las Vegas on May 05. 2004 Ciacci Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Riserva Santa Caterina dall’Oro. Stop by and Say Hi!!!

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