2015 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1295592 93 points Decanter

 Pale Sangiovese shade. Perfumed, floral nose with notes of cherry and iris. Bone dry and precise on the palate, with firm tannins and great concentration on the finish. Classic.  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Packed with sweet cherry and strawberry flavors, this is well-structured. Leather, earth and tobacco notes round out the profile. Fine length. Drink now through 2023. (BS)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
It doesn't get more classic than this! Sangiovese is always noted with a spicy cherry note and this Rosso has got that covered. The amazingly smooth mouthfeel and bright acidity make this sangiovese an extremely versatile wine to pair with all styles of food.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2018 | Send Email
While I'm always surprised to find a value wine from Tuscan that truly speaks to everybody, I'm equally surprised to find the same thing that really speaks to the purists. This 2015 vintage is really shining through here. At $15 this is one to stock away to have on hand in 5+ years so you know you'll always have something extra special even if you're drinking on a Tuesday night. From the moment you stick your nose in the glass you can feel that this is a special wine. It's still extremely restrained, but after it sheds a bit over the next several months, there's no questions that you're going to be sitting on one of the great values of the year. Clean as a whistle, but retaining that vibrant brambly sangio red fruit. After teasing out the fruit with a nice bit of air, the boisterousness and depth becomes obviously apparent. The palate is textured and structured, but not chewy or tannic. An absolute dream here for anyone who has the faintest idea of what Sangiovese should tastes like.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
Great value wine from a celebrated producer! This Rosso manages to balance drinkability, classic favors, and complexity all at once; very savory with a gentle depth, woody spice, and just the right amount of fruit.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Tenuta di Sesta 2015 Rosso di Montalcino (along with Baccinetti Rosso) is one of the best deals going in our Italian section. It's as pure of an expression of Sangiovese as you're likely to come across at this price and akin to the "gift that keeps on giving." It's already flying off the sales floor so we don't expect the supply to last long. Simply delicious.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
This Rosso was aged for one year in 20hl Slovenian oak barrels and unites the imposing structure of Brunello with the freshness and vivacity of a young wine; classic ripe strawberries, cherry-cola, and cranberry with a hint of leather and spice on the finish. This can be drunk young, but will evolve over the next couple of years. WARNING! This is one of those wines that will make you think: how did that bottle empty itself?

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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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Alcohol Content (%): 14