2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "ATEO"

This little gem is what the famed Brunello producer Ciacci produces in the off vintages when the quality of the Brunello vineyards isn't up to standard. It's composed of Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese and is aged for a total of 18 months in French and American barriques, and large Slovenian oak casks.

This darkly colored wine shows some really great aromatics of blackberry punch, concrete pavement, cedar, leather, and wet potting soil.

On the palate the wine shows some really nice initial bright mixed berry notes and then finishes very dry with some leathery, cedar, and soil notes. It's tart and fruity on the entry, but then gets serious with a nice wallup of tannin and earthy notes on the finish.

This is really the perfect paring for pasta with meaty red sauce. It has the fruitiness and fresh acidity to match up perfectly with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the salty savory character of the meats. 88 points

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