2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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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." (10/10) 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." (10/10) 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." (04/10)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2010  | Send Email
Popped a bottle of this at a friends dinner party the other night. Sometimes I just want to jump up and down when I smell a wine. All the tell tale evocative, mysterious and tantalizing aromas one would expect from a great Brunello, especially a Riserva with that extra year in the cask. This shows the ripeness of the 2004 vintage, and is ready to go now. Just give it at least a half hour in the decanter to let it stretch it's legs. Enjoy! CM

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!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/11/2010  | Send Email
Ripe and wonderful aromas of dark fruit on this full-bodied Riserva, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet ripe strawberries, black cherries intermingled with subtle anise, earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of coco powder on the on the finish, round and big tannins and a long aftertaste. This is again one of those Classic 04 Sangiovse and a must for the cellar, if you can try to give it some age, if not give about 3 hours of decanting.

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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.