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.