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

88

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2018

Wine Advocate (88)- "The entry-level 2018 Sant'Antimo Ateo by Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragina is a handy wine for informal occasions. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The bouquet offers a fresh level of red and purple fruits with some of the sour and raw characteristics you could expect of this cool corner in Tuscany. That fruity bitterness is especially evident on the wine's lean to medium- weight frame. You taste wild Tuscany in this wine. Some 27,000 bottles were released in September 2019. "

89

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2013

Wine Enthusiast (89)- "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this opens with black cherry and cinnamon aromas that carry over to the straightforward, balsamic-seeming palate. Polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2020. "

84

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo Sant' Antimo DOC 2013

Wine Spectator (84)- "The cherry core is shaded by milk chocolate and herb notes in this chewy red. Slightly dry finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now. "