2007 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1084365 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is endowed with tremendous power and richness. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and spices come to life in this deep, expressive Brunello. The wine turns more feminine and delicate on the finish, where hints of dried flowers and tobacco add the final layers of nuance. The 2007 is a hugely pleasing wine and a great follow-up effort to the 2006. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.  (4/ 2012)

93 points James Suckling

 Beautiful aromas of strawberries and flowers, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Delicious wines from here. Better in 2014.  (1/ 2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A riper sweeter style with blackberry and cherry liqueur, leather and tobacco. Sweet rum cake or Graham cracker. A polished, distinctive finish with a rich, velvety feel.  (5/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 An open, cherry- and plum-flavored red, whose medium weight and integrated structure will serve this well over the next decade plus. Moderate length. Best from 2014 through 2026.  (6/ 2012)

K&L Notes

The 2007 vintage is deceptive...its sweet, forward, albeit complex fruit hides the serious structure underneath the surface of this wine. Its nose is full of Sesta di Sopra's classic aromas of wild cherry, rosemary, sage and sweet leather, with hints of plum. On the palate it seems open, almost simple and pleasant, but that's just a bit of baby fat layered on top. The structure is there, powerful, deeply embedded amid the meaty richness, hidden by the glints of mineral and lightly flavored by the Tuscan countryside. The 2007 vintage produced wines with a distinctly richer upfront character. They are plump and pleasant now, but in a year of two will begin to close up for their adolescent slumber. This tiny producer has done nothing but great wines since they debuted their 1999 vintage. This wine will be able to be drunk now with a couple of hours in a decanter, but will continue to improve easily for another decade plus. (Greg St. Clair, K&L's Italian Wine Buyer).

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/19/2012  | Send Email
So now that we’ve been sold out of the 2006 Sesta di Sopra for several months now, it’s a safe time to let out a little secret. When we tasted the 2006 at the winery in February of 2011, what really blew me away was the 2007 we tasted out of barrel on the same visit. Now keep in mind, their 2006 was in my top three 2006 Brunelli tasted on that trip, it was a stunning bottle of wine (and if you’re lucky enough to still own some, you’ll be enjoying that wine for decades). But the 2007 really stole the show for me that day. I tasted it in bottle at Vinitaly a couple weeks ago and can safely declare it has only gotten better in that year we were apart. So dense and chewy, yet supremely elegant at the same time. It seems to tow the perfect line for me between a flashy, modern style (it certainly has power and opulence) and an “old school” traditional style (but without any harsh tannin, dried out fruit or overt woodsy notes). What can I say; without a doubt will be one of the best 2007 Brunelli I’ll come across, and at this point certainly a contender for “dollar for dollar best wine of the vintage”. I highly, highly recommend it. CM

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/19/2012  | Send Email
I love these user friendly Brunello’s in 2007. Impressive nose, with loads of ripe fruit, this is full-bodied with great, but soft tannins and they won’t hurt your teeth. The fruit is impressive, rich and concentrated. The wine boasts excellent length, with sweet ripe strawberries, black cherry, leather and a spicy nose with a little Tuscan dust and minerals on the finish. It is drinkable now, with a couple of hours in a decanter, or I would give this wine time to improve and continue to evolve for another 2-4 years.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

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.