Ciacci Piccolomini D'aragona Ateo 2007, Doc Sant'antimo

Red Blend Red Blend
Tuscany, Italy

$24.95 (211623)

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February 05, 2011

Critic Reviews (4)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Fullish, rich, fruity and earthy, with exceptional depth and character for the money. There's a pronounced savoury...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Created in 1996, the boundaries of the Sant’Antimo DOC are the exact same as Brunello di Montalcino; it was created...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Full and rich but sweet and somewhat contrived. However, good body and intensity with alcohol a little extreme, even...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

From a Montalcino-based producer, Ateo is a cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend only (no sangiovese) which to my mind is...

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Community Reviews (3)

Mark Lesniak
Mark Lesniak

Rich earthy wine. Some sweetness and dark fruits. Complex and lengthy finish.
2016

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Tyler Philp
Tyler Philp

The Vintages release indicates DOC status for this wine but it is actually IGT which implies a deviation from traditional approved winemaking practices. This wine varies from what might be viewed as ‘religious’ in terms of wine production in Sant Antino,Italy. For this, Ciacci has named this wine Ateo which translates as ‘atheist’. Expect a full-bodied wine dominated by dark fruit and spice. This will be lovely with a few years in the cellar; right now though, the tannic structure of the Cab. Sav. dominates. A great investment in taste at this price. Best after 2013. (Northof9, Feb 2011)

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Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter

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Italian does new world right bank. Though there's nothing Italian (or French) about it. Full bodied, quite sweet, jammy and herbal. This is not at all what I expected from this Cab. Sauv/Merlot blend from Italy. This was good, I liked it, but honestly it tastes like a producer trying too hard to make a wine that will sell to the fruit-forward western palates instead of making a wine that expresses it's own terroir. I think the bottle looks cool but the wine is a bit heavy-handed and clumsy. Over-ripe? over-extracted? Too sweet?
Yeah, probably. At this price I expect some finesse.

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