2006 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva needs quite a bit of time in the glass to show its cards. Layers of dark fruit, spices and licorice flesh out in this muscular Brunello. There is plenty of intensity in the glass, but slight early signs of oxidation suggest the wine may have spent too much time in barrel. I don-t quite find the finesse of the estate-s best wines. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
This is the second Riserva that Ettore and Enrica have made, the first one was only bottled as magnums, but we convinced them that it was better to have more than 590 bottles! So they've upped the production to 492 750ml bottles...! Those of you who love the Sesta di Sopra flavor profile will recognize the estate signature of that wonderfully complex spice, wild cherry, layers of soil and wild herbs but this wine has so much more ripeness, unctuousness it seems more like a solid than a liquid, it's that thick. If you were lucky enough to have had the 2004 Riserva you know how luscious on the palate it was, with that sweet richness coating your tongue and filling your mouth but this wine takes it up a few notches it is dense. I may have convinced you this wine is BIG and it is, but this wine has so much more than just being BIG. The nose is plumier, meatier than the 2006 Sesta di Sopra Brunello that had a 95+ point Parker score, yet there is a focus and center to this wine that has verve, style depth that will allow this wine to age very well. There is so little of this wine that I haven't been successful in convincing them to give some of this wine away to critics for review. Because of that there may never be a review. I will tell you that this if you have ever liked Sesta di Sopra Brunello before you should get one or two of these for your cellar (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer).