Plantings of Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot are to the south, where the Orcia river provides a milder microclimate. The non-traditional wines are as exciting as the Brunello and Rosso: ?Ateo,? which means ?atheist,? is a statement against the restrictive laws that govern winemaking in Italy; the wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 100% Syrah ?Fabius? is one of the greatest expressions of that variety in Italy and Parker once called it ?the finest Italian Syrah I have tasted.? The estate is a member of the EU ?Lotta Integrata? movement, which promotes reduced use of chemicals and organic viticulture; at Ciacci, fertilization is organic, and pruning and harvest are done by hand.
A remarkable?Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of?Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the?Tuscan Blends?are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di?Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.