We took full advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekend and that included grilling some wonderful porterhouse steaks and opening some Brunello. The 2007 Ciacci Poccolomini d’Aragona Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino likely wins the contest for longest wine name in Italy. I was tempted to say “in the world” but I’m betting there are some Trocken’s from Germany that would eclipse it. 
What this wine doesn’t win, is the title of best 2007 I’ve had to date.  I have to admit, I was a little disappointed here. While many of the 2007’s I’ve had were rich and forward, this one seems to have fallen a bit short with the concentration and ripeness of it’s fruit.   In the glass, the wine is a deep ruby, with slight copper reflections at the rim. Honestly, it already looks a bit older than it is.  The nose of the wine is straightforward, with spicy cherry, cedar, and earth notes that carry through on the chewy, but medium bodied palate.  I recalled my recent review of the Ciacci 2006 and it’s obvious to me that the 2006 is the better wine.  At least right now.  I think part of that has to do with the 2006 vintage which is slightly better in quality, but vastly superior in character, to the 2007’s.   Ciacci always seems to make rustic Brunello, and many times, their wines seem unclean to me.  I didn’t get that sense here, however, I do believe that in riper vintages (1997, 2003, 2007) the nature of the fruit doesn’t lend itself well to their style of production.  For less money, there are better options out there if you’re looking to buy 2007 Brunello.  If you use the search engine on this website, you’ll find some.  Allora…..90 points, about $40. 

2007 Ciacci Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino

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