2007 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1115403 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tenuta di Sesta is run by a perfect father-mother-daughter-son team and is located in one of the least-traveled corners of Montalcino. The 2007 Brunello delivers sweet oak tones that drive the initial bouquet and are soon followed by bright cherry, vanilla bean, sweet mocha and rum cake. Pretty balsam notes at the back will undoubtedly increase and evolve with age. Cellar this wine 10 years.  (5/2012)

91 points James Suckling

 A wine, with plenty of dried blueberries and cherries and hints of meat. Full body and chewy tannins, with a medium finish. Juicy and slightly decadent finish. Drink now or hold.  (1/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe flavors of strawberry, cherry and licorice are accented by tobacco and spice in this elegant red, which is medium-bodied, with moderate tannins and a fruity finish. Best from 2014 through 2024.—B.S.  (6/2012)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2013 | Send Email
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A good Brunello that strikes a fine balance between the richness and generosity of the vintage with some more classic Montalcino flavors. Ripe, bright fruit accented by some tobacco, dried herds and warm earth. The tannins are present but cloaked in decadent fruit for now. No doubt this wine will age well for 8-10 years but is hard to resist in the short term due to the approachable softness of the vintage.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2012 | Send Email
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Tenuta di Sesta is a very subtle wine in its youth, it doesn't show exuberant fruit, or huge structure it is just there. Yet with a few years of aging the wine morphs into something extraordinary. Depth that wasn't there originally shows layers of spice, earth and leather coupled with plumy fruit. On the palate the seemingly nonchalant wine in its youth grows into something extraordinary. It is one of the few wines I know of that can do this and I've been fooled year after year tasting them young and then a couple of years later WOW, what happened. I don't know what happens but trust me it is magnificent and at this price a true BARGAIN!
Drink from 2012 to 2027

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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.


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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.