Wine Details

Ciacci Piccolomini Fabivs Sant' Antimo DOC

The FABIVS is made from 100% Syrah, one of the first pure Syrah wines in Montalcino. The name is dedicated to Fabivs de’Vecchis, the Montalcino bishop responsible for the construction of the Palazzo Piccolomini in 1672. Complex and persistent notes of currant, blackberry, plum and cherry are enriched by elegant aromas of tar, dark chocolate and spice. This full-bodied wine is warm and soft in the mouth with persistent, well-balanced tannins. A powerful wine that is exceptional any time, now or after some repose in the cellar.

Region:

Producer:

Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona

Varietal:

100% Syrah

Vineyard:

Del Conte vineyard, which benefits from an excellent terroir and microclimate that are particularly suited for this varietal

Aging:

Aged for approx. 18 months in French oak

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

15-20 years

Production:

7,800 bottles

Soil:

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

Average altitude:

240-360 m

Vinification:

Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and glass concrete vats

Harvest:

Early September

First vintage:

1998

Release:

November

Recent press reviews

91

Ciacci Piccolomini Fabivs Sant' Antimo DOC 2019

Wine Advocate (91)- "A rare look at Syrah from the cool Montalcino climate, the 2019 Sant'Antimo Fabius is packed tight with blackberry and black cherry along with spice, sweet tobacco and smoked bacon. There's a lot going on aromatically speaking, but the wine stays clear of the heavier black pepper or cured leather aromas that you often get in New World Syrah. I love the soft texture, freshness and tension that this extremely well-priced wine exhibits. The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate is located in a rather cool location with south-facing vines and well-draining galestro soils on the back side of Castelbuovo dell'Abate. I always like to think of this tiny hilltop hamlet as the place where the day's sunbeams shine in Montalcino before sunset. This estate is certified for organic farming."

90

Ciacci Piccolomini Fabivs Sant' Antimo DOC 2017

Wine Enthusiast (90)- "Text of review to be released April 2022."

92

Ciacci Piccolomini Fabivs Sant' Antimo DOC 2016

Wine Advocate (92)- "A pure expression of Syrah, the Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2016 Sant'Antimo Fabius is an impressive expression of the grape. Syrah always tends to show opulent richness and succulence, and although you get that here, I'm also reminded of its Tuscan roots. It tends to be more compact and linear overall. This wine pulls in opposite directions, and that's what makes it most interesting. You will recognize those varietal characteristics for sure, but they are ultimately overridden by the wine's Tuscan identity. With 8,000 bottles made, this is a terrific value. "