2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

SKU #1059181 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The bouquet opens to sophisticated aromas of dried fruit, spice, smoke, tar and licorice. This is an austere and elegant wine that should be served with the highest quality red meat. In the mouth, it delivers complexity and elegance more than brawn or power.  (10/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is pretty earthy and funky, with ripe fruit, but goes rich and wonderful with air. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely core of fruit. A more traditional Brunello that opens to exotic fruit. Decadent and attractive. Drink now.  (10/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark wine layered with minerals, menthol, pine and a host of other balsamic nuances. Hints of French oak inform the supple finish. This is one of the more accessible, forward 2004 Riservas, yet the wine has the pedigree and elegance to drink well for a number of years. I wouldn’t push my luck too much, though, as the aromas and flavors are already a touch forward. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Tenuta di Sesta is located in the southern part of Montalcino, between Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Sant’Angelo in Colle. (AG)  (4/2010)

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2014 | Send Email
Fans of Italian wines know how difficult it is to find older selections of ready to drink (and still reasonably affordable) and serious wines from Italy. Lament no further! This is a good-to-go sangiovese wonder from a great producer and a fantastic vintage- something you're likely not to see for a long time! Despite being in the hotter/richer southern part of Montalcino, Tenuta di Sesta always makes wines with much more finesse and elegance than their neighbors. This wine is elegant and complex- with long layers of dust, light cherry, earth, cedar, and a hint of crushed tomato. Perfectly aged and ready for action - Decant this and drink in awe!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
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The dynamic, powerful 2004 vintage is just blossoming now and while 10 years out one might think this wine would be peaking, au contraire, this wine is just beginning to open, layers of complex earth, sage, leather coupled with a brilliant plumy richness and focused wild cherry center. The wine's depth of flavor is impressive and has true power capable of aging for another decade, you'll want to have this one with a slab of Bistecca Fiorentina, or a giant T-Bone steak if your Italian isn't so good!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
I gave this Brunello, Three stars, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet ripe strawberries, black cherries intermingled with subtle tuscan earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate on the on the finish, round and ripe tannins and a long aftertaste. Great for gifts, or the Christmas table. ( Jump on this, it won't be around long. (WARNING!!!)

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2010 | Send Email
This classically styled brunello is showing quite well at the moment! Displaying plenty of deep dark fruit alongside notes of earth, smoke and cacao nib, it has lovely rich texture and nicely integrated oak. If you have a hankering for brunello from the 2004 vintage....this is your pony!

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.