Red

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Montalcino
  • Brunello di Montalcino
Drink between 2014 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 36

  • winemaker Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 27, 2021 - Solid BdM, but not a great one.

  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 21, 2020 - Prior bottle was 14 months ago and this was unquestionably the best of my four bottle. Perhaps it didn't live up to the high expectations that I had for 2006 from this producer, or the professional critics scores. Nevertheless, it did show well tonight and fully justified the scores I have consistently given it.

    Red cherry, earth and leather on the nose. Medium bodied with a flavor profile that has been consistently red cherry upfront, a touch more depth through the middle plus red raspberry and a little plum and tart red cherry on the back. Where the wine has improved is in the integration between mid-body and finish (much cleaner) and the balance between fruit and structure. Tonight, showed much better depth through the middle and on the backside than any prior bottle; clearly has started to open up positively. Tannins are much more fine grained and integrated than before. They provide structure, but take away nothing from the fruit. This was my first bottle that really felt like it was in balance. Perhaps, like the Argiano, this wine just really needed the cellar time to come into its own. Regardless, glad that my final bottle showed this well.

  • RGCM Gananda wrote: 91 points

    June 12, 2019 - Prior bottle was nearly three years ago and while the wine has evolved, there have only been modest positive improvements. Nose is mostly redfruit at this stage with red cherry, earth, leather and oak notes. Perhaps just a touch over medium bodied (14.5% ABV) with rounded and expressive red cherry upfront with raspberry and plum through the middle. Tannins still provide some structure and the acidity, some tartness, leaving the backside just a bit on the dry side. This isn't a problem per sae, but the fruit/structure balance simply isn't handled as deftly as it is in so many other 2006 brunellos. Finish adds earth, leather, vanilla and spices along with a lingering, acidity based tartness that feels slightly unbalanced.

    Overall, I would say this wine showed fine, even quite well at times. It simply suffers by comparison to so many other 2006s which shared similar positive professional press/scores on release. The wine has evolved from a blackfruit to a redfruit based profile and having shed its baby fat, there plenty remaining of interest. I suppose at the end of the day I was hoping for a bit more depth and a bit more complexity, considering the producer and the vintage. Perhaps I'm being overly critical for a wine that does show well, but simply didn't quite live up to my expectations. With one bottle left, I will save it for Q2 2020.

  • grapenomad wrote: 88 points

    May 19, 2019 - The wine is clear medium ruby in the glass.

    The nose is clean of medium intensity showing aromas of ripe red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, cherry), bottle age (dried plum, coffee) and herbal tones (lavender, thyme). The wine is developing.

    The wine is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, medium length and medium flavor intensity of ripe red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, cherry), bottle age (dried plum, coffee) and herbal hints (thyme, lavender).

    The wine is very good. It's incredibly firm and rich showing a nice balance of acidity and alcohol, strong structure and complexity across the board. However, it's lacking finesse and length one would expect from a high tier Tuscan such as Brunello, so long-term cellaring is questionable.

  • vinhonotte Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 14, 2019 - Fine Wines SG - Italian Varietal Wine Dinner - Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Corvina, Aglianico, Nerello Mascalese (Porters Restaurant & Bar): Has a heightened acidity and mostly of strawberry and a touch of blackberry and grass

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Montalcino
  • Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
  • UPC Codes 032605841315, 1213248706736, 8032605841292, 8032605841308

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 628 (58%)
  • Consumed 457 (42%)

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