2001 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
This is really serious, with a wonderful complexity of ripe fruit, licorice and cedar. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long finish. Wood is dominating for now. One of the new garage wines in the region. Best after 2010.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Sesta di Sopra pursues a traditional approach to making its Brunello, which was one of the most pleasant discoveries of my tastings of the 2001 vintage. The vines are still young, and there is much to look forward to in future years from this producer. The pretty 2001 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a delicate, expressive nose of flowers and spices. It displays attractive juiciness and length on the palate, with sweet notes of macerated cherries and tobacco supported by a medium bodied frame, with fine, silky tannins and a long, satisfying finish. (AG)
Applause to Brunello tipicity in the form of balsam notes (menthol cough drop), forest berry, black licorice, tar and background vanilla to smooth over the sharp points. The tannins are still thorny but the finish is long and limber.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Floral aromas of red plum, marzipan and cinnamon. Juicy, spicy and intense, with firm-edged but youthfully imploded flavors of wild red berries. Finishes with excellent spine and vinosity. With aeration, this very young wine showed increasing sweetness, with strong kirsch, floral and mineral elements emerging. Offers lovely finesse.
4+ Stars! The nose of Sesta di Sopra just jumps out at you: spicy, complex, wild cherry fruit, with hints of sage and leather that are intriguing, seductive and inviting. On the palate the wine is broad, full-bodied and rich, yet not heavy. It has an elegance, and it is full of the complex character evident in the nose, yet is slightly plummier, meatier, warmer, sweeter. As the wine lies on your palate its incredible length begins to blossom, it seems to be depositing mineral character, iron-like, focused, powerful and very, very long. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian Wine Buyer)