2004 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Brunello di Montalcino
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Smoke, tar, licorice, grilled herbs and wild cherries flow from Sesti’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. This is an especially dense, full-bodied wine that shows off remarkable depth and richness in its endless layers of fruit. The finish is sweet and long. This, too, is another wine that will require patience, but it is a gem. Biodynamic farming and traditional winemaking - with all operations undertaken according the lunar calendar - are at the heart of proprietor Giuseppe Sesti’s approach. Based on the beautiful wines I have tasted in recent years, I can only say the results are striking. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium red. Mellow, inviting, soil-driven nose offers scents of potpourri, flowers, leather, smoke and damp earth. Silky, fleshy and suave, with a compellingly round texture and lovely fullness without any impression of excess weight. Boasts plenty of life in the mouth. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lingering notes of tobacco, game and camphor. A Brunello that conveys a classic noble rusticity. (ST)
We’ve noticed traces of volatility in past Sesti Brunellos, but the 2004 vintage smells polished and pristine. Aromas of black fruit, spice and cured meat are intact, generous and are delivered with uplifting force and buoyancy. This helps contribute to the general intensity of the wine and the supple nature of its mouthfeel.
Shows very ripe fruit and spicy character on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and rich fruit. Lots of sultana character here. A little rustic, but interesting. Needs a little more time. (Web Only—2009)