2010 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1113559 91 points James Suckling

 Superb depth and richness on the nose and palate. Full body, with dried cherry and plum with hints of orange peel. Chocolate too. This is Brunello like. Tiny producer. Drink now or hold.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

A blockbuster! An unbelievable year in Montalcino, 2010 is being hailed as the best vintage in memory. Even 90-plus-year-old Nello Baricci says it is the best vintage he's ever tasted, and he's tasted a few. The desire to call Sesta's 2010 Rosso a "baby" Brunello is really coursing through my veins, as much as I don't like to use the phrase, but man this wine is something. This wine so complete, with such depth of flavor, so much fruit and such perfect balance; it is stunningly good for the price and remarkably drinkable now, although I'll be aging a six-pack myself for another few years. if you're new to Brunello, this is a great wine to get familiar with the region at a really good price. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2012  | Send Email
Started by the Bandirola family on their vacation property in Montalcino, Sesta di Sopra is a micro winery - the entire production is only 333 cases. With such small production, the vineyards are tenderly watched like a backyard garden. In less than stellar harvests, they’ve been known to take tweezers to the vines to pick off damaged berries. The results are outstanding!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/28/2012  | Send Email
"Baby Brunello" gets used too frequently when describing Rosso di Montalcino. This is no "baby", more like “younger brother who is a Varsity linebacker Brunello”. You have had Brunellos that are not as rich, balanced or nuanced. Great now will improve with some bottle age.

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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.
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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14