Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Arogona IGT Toscano Rosso, 2010

I bought only one bottle of this Toscano Rosso and nursed it for several years before opening. It is showing very well for a wine made for every day consumption. At $12 a bottle, I would buy it by the case and enjoy it over several years. Don't worry about drinking it too soon and don't worry that it will go over the hill on you. Don't worry about drinking it with pizza (as we did tonight) and don't worry about serving it with beef or pork tenderloin. It's mostly Sangiovese Grosso from young vines used to produce Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino blended with some Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet.

Medium ruby color. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged in concrete so it's not for oak lovers. Sangiovese cherry with some herbal notes, ripe and approachable but with good acid structure. Dry up front but with significant ripeness and complexity as the wine glides across the tongue. I like it; wish I had more.

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