2012 Sesta di Sopra Sangiovese IGT Toscana

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Ettore Spina and his wife, Enrica Bandirola, owners of Sesta di Sopra, planted a new vineyard to Sangiovese in 2005. It has the same Galestro soils as the others, perfect for taming Sangiovese's natural vigor. Unfortunately, in Montalcino all of the Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino vineyards are all registered and controlled, and they aren't allowing any more to be added right now, so the wine that comes from this new vineyard has to be designated an IGT (Indicates Geographic Tipicity). The 2012 Sesta di Sopra Sangiovese is just bursting with complex fruit aromatics and It's so easy, so intriguing, yet so thoroughly pleasing to drink, I just love the wine. It's the kind of wine you can drink while relaxing in front of the fire or while watching a football game. Our supplies of this will sell very fast; after nine years of us importing their wines, Ettore and Enrica have quite the fan club! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2014 | Send Email
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From a younger, recently planted Sangiovese vineyard that will in time be included in their Brunello, this deeply colored, aromatic opulent and lush wine, gives gondolas full of rich, broad fruit on the palate and distinctively defined aromatics in the nose. This is a really complex, intense, focused wine that will pair nicely with a red sauced pasta dish or grilled fillet. Rusty loves this Gem, has told me to treat it as if it is a baby Brunello, and has stockpiled several cases in our temperature regulated wine room. Hey, and it is only 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2013 | Send Email
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These are the young vines from this tiny estate, and this wine is drinking beautifully right now. Crunchy cranberry like flavors with hints of leather, earth and dried hers with a luscious, supple texture on the palate. A persistent, mouth filling presence seems too impressive for a wine of this price range. Perfect for a mixed grill or meat laden pizza!
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14