2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d' Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso 1.5 L

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"This red balances juicy cherry and plum fruit, tobacco and leather accents, and firm yet pliable tannins. As a result, this is vibrant and long, with earth and iron elements emerging on the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2033. -B.S." (WS)

"Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona is one of the headline estates of Montalcino and the Pianrosso single vineyard is known for its consistency and the steady grace of its performance. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso does not quite reach the heights of the outstanding 2010 vintage. This release comes near in terms of power and purity, although it bears some of the weight of the hot vintage. The darkness of fruit is more pronounced and the tannins are a bit softer. Make no mistake, the thick soils of the Pianrosso site have helped to achieve impressive balance. The long finish offers tobacco, balsam herb and dried fruit." (WA)

"Good full red. Captivating nose combines dark red berries, sweet spices, botanical herbs and licorice. Sweet and sappy but still youthfully closed, his conveys a more powerful mouthfilling saline impression of extract than the Brunello classico. Finishes suave and rich, but with a strong underlying acid-tannin spine providing support. " (VM)

"This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage." (JS)

"Ripe black-skinned fruit, underbrush, truffle and dark spice aromas come together in this full-bodied red. The palate is firm and seamless, delivering mature black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and pipe tobacco flavors with both power and finesse. Tightly knit, polished tannins provide structure. Drink 2022–2032." (WE)


Ciacci Piccolomini is one of the most respected and highly praised estates in the Brunello di Montalciano area and in particular for his Pianrosso single vineyard that is known for its high quality consistency and steady elegance and grace. This Brunello is a fine example of power and purity and for its multi-layered structures of complex lingering long on the palate flavors. It is frequently said that the thick dark soils of the Pianrosso vineyard are a key factor to the remarkable balance the wine obtains.

I’m quite impressed with its current firm tannin structure, but if a bit more softness is your preference then a few more years aging will achieve this goal. Personally, in fact, I enjoy both ways. As for aromas and tastes one finds ripe currants, cassis, blackberries, licorice and noticeable hints of graphite, sage and rosemary.

This is certainly an Italian winner you can proudly add to your wine collection. And don’t forget its remarkable discount price of only $59.95, a far cry from its normal cost of $80 to over a $100 a bottle.

RATING: 95/96

PRICE: $59.95, Bargain rating ***** (are highest).

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
This wine is the result of a careful selection of grapes from the Pianrosso vineyard and it has always been our most representative wine. From this single vineyard we also select the grapes for our Brunello Riserva. The Grape varietal of this wine is 100% Sangiovese Grosso; is fermented and refined in stainless steel and glass concrete vats with temperature controlled through cooling plates and jackets and aged 36 months in 20-62 hl Slavonian oak barrels, followed by a minimum of 8 month period of bottle ageing.