Wine Details

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte DOC

The Rossofonte is produced from a careful manual selection of Estate-grown Sangiovese Grosso grapes, a serious wine that captures the essence of the Ciacci style. Though far from ordinary, this red is naturally more approachable than the Brunello, with fruity perfumes of wild cherries and ripe berries and balsamic notes of tobacco, cedar mint and lavender. Sensations of sweetness and acidity alternate in the mouth, to finish with fine, powdery tannins and spicy nuances of star anise and pink pepper.

Region:

Producer:

Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona

Varietal:

100% Sangiovese Grosso

Vineyard:

Vigne Iscritte All'Albo, subzone of Castenuovo dell'Abate

Aging:

Aged for 12 months in 7.5 - 25 hl Slavonian oak barrels; further refinement in the bottle for at least 8 months

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

15-20 years

Production:

5,000 bottles

Soil:

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

Average altitude:

240-360 m

Vinification:

Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and glass concrete vats

Harvest:

September

First vintage:

2014

Release:

September

Recent press reviews

91

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte DOC 2018

Decanter (91)- "In the southern part of the appellation, close to the Orcia river and benefitting from its influence, this estate produces a great Rosso, exquisitely true to its terroir. The relatively cool 2018 vintage in this warmer subzone of Montalcino has amplified the fruity character and the supple style of Rossofonte, without losing complexity. Alluring floral notes of roses and macerated violets are joined by liquorice freshness and a touch of smoky woodland. The palate is focused on cherry and raspberry fruit, with good tension balancing the supple fruit with velvety tannins and refreshing acidity. Slightly chalky on the finish, it is otherwise a clear example of generous Rosso drinkability."

90

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte DOC 2018

Vinous Media (90)- "The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte is dark and youthfully brooding in the glass. With coaxing, a mix of black cherries dusted in exotic brown spices, hints of tobacco and violets comes forward. This is silky and polished, with textural waves of ripe red fruit laced with licorice and salty minerals giving way to a collection of fine tannins toward the close. There’s plenty of structure here for medium-term cellaring. The 2018 will require another year or two to come fully into focus."

93

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino Rossofonte DOC 2016

James Suckling (93)- "A spicy Rosso di Montalcino that shows more glazed cherries and rose petals than most, as well as some delicious cinnamon and spices. Medium body, fine but hearty tannins and a medium-chewy finish. If only more wines from this category were as good as this! Drink now."