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CIACCI PICCOLOMINI 10 ATEO
Item: #345062
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 91
$16.98
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CIACCI PICCOLOMINI 2010 ATEO

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2010 Ateo, a Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is striking in this great vintage. Firm tannins support expressive dark fruit, wild flowers, mint, sage and blackberries. Although a wine more of region than variety, the 2010 impresses for its vibrant, structured personality and impeccable class. A big, full-throttle finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022."

Our customers are all too familiar with the quality of the Brunello di Montalcinos that consistently come out of the cellars of Ciacci Piccolomini (whose origins date back to the 17th century). Now they are offering a wine that may seem to go against the grain of Tuscan standards, if not tradition; In 1989, in the absence of the high quality of fruit the estate expects for its Brunello’s, Ciacci decided not to produce a Brunello di Montalcino. This decision, however, coincided with the first harvest of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from their Estate vineyards. In a move that could only be described at the time as sacrilegious, Ciacci created a “Super Tuscan”! Yes, a wine made with those international grapes; Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Blasphemous! So, they called it “Ateo” which translates…”Atheist”, a wine that defies the prevailing belief system of winemaking in Montalcino, Tuscany and all throughout Italy! Fast forward to the current 2010 version of Ateo, the wine is not only accepted in Montalcino, it is a celebrated success story. The wine had a pinch hit role that found itself in the starting line-up! Only 1000 cases produced.
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