Wine Details

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC

Ateo (“atheist” in Italian) was first produced in 1989, a difficult vintage between two excellent years, as a result of the decision not to produce Brunello in less than ideal vintages. That vintage also represented the first harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards, the grapes that comprise the wine today. Ateo is a vibrant and juicy wine with intense herbal, spice and fruity (black cherry, plum) notes. A nice structure is supported by balanced tannins and indisputable personality.

Region:

Producer:

Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona

Varietal:

50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot

Vineyard:

Vigne Iscritte all'Albo, subzone of Castelnuovo dell'Abate

Aging:

Aged approx. 18 months in French and American oak barriques

Alcohol content:

14%

Age of vines:

8-15 years

Production:

13,000 bottles

Soil:

Medium-grain soil with good level of marl, dating back ot the Eocene period

Average altitude:

240-360 m

Vinification:

Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and glass concrete vats

Harvest:

Mid to late September

First vintage:

1989

Release:

September

Recent press reviews

92

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2012

Vinous Media (92)- "The 2012 Ateo, Ciacci's Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, captures the essence of this warm, radiant vintage in its exuberant fruit and juicy personality. Black cherry, plum, spice and licorice flesh out in a succulent wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. The blend is 50/50, but it is the Merlot that really seems to jump from the glass today."

91

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2011

James Suckling (91)- "Dark-berry and chocolate aromas with hints of mint, particularly spearmint. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Some chocolate-mousse undertones. Drink now."

91

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2010

Vinous Media (91)- "The 2010 Ateo, a Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is striking in this great vintage. Firm tannins support expressive dark fruit, wild flowers, mint, sage and blackberries. Although a wine more of region than variety, the 2010 impresses for its vibrant, structured personality and impeccable class. A big, full-throttle finish rounds things out in style. "