Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is located in the town of Montalcino in the Tuscany section of Italy. The winery produces red wine, grappa, and olive oil. While they are best known for the Brunello di Montalcino (two non-Riservas and one Riserva), they produce five other red wines as well, using a number of different varietals.
The 2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Rosso Toscana was “mostly Sangiovese” (that is a quote from the winery’s website and they did not respond to a request for further information). The restaurant I sourced the wine at listed the breakdown as 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah. The wine was aged in Slavonian oak barrels and barriques (aging time unavailable). As a result of the varietal blend, the designation was IGT.
I had previously tasted the Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso and greatly enjoyed the wine. As I was dining at Basil T’s, in Red Bank, NJ, I came across the Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso Toscana IGT on their seasonal wine list. Their seasonal list is designed to move vintages that are at or nearing their peak. The list also offers a discount of 50% on the price. So, instead of the typical restaurant markup, you are paying close to retail for a bottle of wine. It’s a nice deal.
I decided to give this IGT a taste.
The wine was not decanted.
In the glass, black fruit combined with pepper and pencil on the nose. It was agreeable, but far from exceptional.
Taking a sip, I perceived red berries and black fruit, and then….cherries. The tannins were completely tamed. This was a light- to medium-bodied wine that was very easy to drink. It tasted great without food, and was just as good with food.
The finish was medium, with mild cherries in it.
My meal with this wine began with a Caesar salad. My main course was a sausage, peppers, and onion pizza. The wine went superbly with the meal. This wine was not overly complex. It doesn’t have a lot of shelf life, so I would not be cellaring it and recommend drinking it now.
The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Toscana IGT was on the wine list for $42. With the restaurant’s discount, I paid $21 for it. At that price, it is a great wine for everyday drinking. Simple, but good. I would recommend you give it a try.