Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Ateo 2007

Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 106856
  • red wine
  • RP91
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1989 vintage was a difficult one that fell in between two excellent years, subsequently we created a wine named ATEO, "atheist" as a consequence of our decision not to produce Brunello in less than ideal vintages. This decision coincided with the first harvests from our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards. While it first came into existence as a provocation, Ateo is now an estate classic with a long fermentation and aging performed in small French and American oak barriques.

With the 2007 vintage we showcase a new blend, one that focuses only on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine, introduced now with a new label, continues its path towards improvement and renovation. Grape varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (clones established in Tuscany).

Color is intense ruby red. The bouquet is intense with vibrant herbal, spicy and fruit-forward notes. Very well structured, full bodied, quite soft and balanced with pronounced tannins. A wine with a great personality and long aftertaste.

Critical Acclaim

"The estate's 2007 Ateo is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot now that the Sangiovese has been eliminated from the blend. Although the wine is made from international varieties here those grapes speak with a distinctly Tuscan accent. Plummy dark fruit leads to sweet herbs, spices, earthiness and minerals as this rich, deep wine opens up in the glass. This is one of the few 2007s that will actually benefit from another year or so in bottle. It is gorgeous stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019."
91 Points

"This is a beautiful red blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Montalcino subzone of Sant'Antimo (where super Tuscan wines are made) with light mineral dustings that show delicately over a solid core of black fruit and exotic spice. The mouthfeel is bright and polished."
90 Points

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