Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Tuscany, Italy

Producer Information

  • Wine region:  Tuscany

Producer Description

This substantial estate with a fine 17th-century palazzo and 35ha of vineyards is in the favoured south-east corner of the Brunello zone. After making waves with the 1988 and 90 vintages it has continued, first under Roberto Cipresso and now Paolo Vagaggini, to make fine modern-styled Brunello and Rosso. Brunello is ripe and full-textured, with good breadth and depth, relatively approachable when released but generally better with 10 years’ age. A ripe, perfumed Rosso (previously labelled Vigna della Fonte) typically has good richness and depth and with 3–5 years’ age makes a better bet than many a poor Brunello. The estate also has plantings of French varieties. Ateo is from Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is slightly anonymous and wants for a little more depth while Fabius, which is based on Syrah is intense and very ripe, not classic but with a wild Tuscan quality to it. A new estate, Santo Stefano, has been acquired in the Montecucco DOC and is run by Giuseppe’s son Paolo. Information supplied by Wine Behind the Label

Contact details

Write to Fraz. Castelnuovo Abate
Montalcino (Siena)
Telephone 0577 835 616
Fax 0577 835 785