2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1249774 90 points James Suckling

 A very elegant, refined style of rosso with dried-cherry, lemon and citrus undertones. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a fruity finish. Delicate and bright.  (10/2015)

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Rosemary, fennel, and cinnamon predominate over a dry, resinous background here, alongside a generous dose of dried cherry. There isn’t any fat to trim; this Rosso di Montalcino is vibrant and driven, with a lifted feel to the fruit courtesy of bright acidity, and moderate tannins. Give this tasty little Sangiovese some breathing room, and it’ll stretch out and limber up a bit, too.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
Another of our recently arrived 2013 Rosso Di Montalcino's, the Sesta Di Sopra almost has more Brunello qualities than Rosso! Wild cherry, vanilla, spice box, and leather all lend to a superbly balanced wine. Drinkable now, but will easily age another five years!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
This is not a just a Rosso di Montalcino, most producers do not put the care and effort into a entry level wine. This is pure Sangiovese that has been polished with the help of a little French oak. High toned red fruit, Tuscan spice and minerals, oak spice, and soft tannins. This wine will elevate any meal.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2016 | Send Email
The desire to call Sesta's 2013 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.
Drink from 2016 to 2023

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
Sesta di Sopra was our first Direct Import from Montalcino. I think that this 2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino is our twelfth vintage of this wine. Like its bigger brother Brunello, this is one of the few Tuscan reds that is 100% Sangiovese by law. And Sesta di Sopra's wine, unusually for a rosso, is aged entirely in barrique. This is a polished, elegant wine, entirely in the Sesta di Sopra style. This is what you drink while you wait for the 2010 Brunello to age beautifully in the cellar. Terrific value.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2016 | Send Email
This rosso was matured in French oak barriques and aged in bottle for three months before release. It has the classic rich and ripe black fruit, strawberry and toasty vanilla notes, Sesta’s terrior, a little earthy with minerals and incredible length on the finish. Buy now, it won't be around long!

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14