2007 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is endowed with tremendous power and richness. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and spices come to life in this deep, expressive Brunello. The wine turns more feminine and delicate on the finish, where hints of dried flowers and tobacco add the final layers of nuance. The 2007 is a hugely pleasing wine and a great follow-up effort to the 2006. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Beautiful aromas of strawberries and flowers, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Delicious wines from here. Better in 2014.
A riper sweeter style with blackberry and cherry liqueur, leather and tobacco. Sweet rum cake or Graham cracker. A polished, distinctive finish with a rich, velvety feel.
An open, cherry- and plum-flavored red, whose medium weight and integrated structure will serve this well over the next decade plus. Moderate length. Best from 2014 through 2026.
The 2007 vintage is deceptive...its sweet, forward, albeit complex fruit hides the serious structure underneath the surface of this wine. Its nose is full of Sesta di Sopra's classic aromas of wild cherry, rosemary, sage and sweet leather, with hints of plum. On the palate it seems open, almost simple and pleasant, but that's just a bit of baby fat layered on top. The structure is there, powerful, deeply embedded amid the meaty richness, hidden by the glints of mineral and lightly flavored by the Tuscan countryside. The 2007 vintage produced wines with a distinctly richer upfront character. They are plump and pleasant now, but in a year of two will begin to close up for their adolescent slumber. This tiny producer has done nothing but great wines since they debuted their 1999 vintage. This wine will be able to be drunk now with a couple of hours in a decanter, but will continue to improve easily for another decade plus. (Greg St. Clair, K&L's Italian Wine Buyer).