2014 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1423563 93 points Vinous

 Moderately saturated ruby-red. Exotic mineral- and citrus-driven aromas of red cherry, blue fruit liqueur, blood orange and Asian spices, with a sexy floral nuance gaining strength with air. Supple and expansive on the palate, showcasing sweet red cherry and rather savory dark plum flavors lifted by just enough bracing acidity. Densely packed for a 2014 Brunello, at once fleshy and broad but also lively and precise, showing excellent power and cut on the strikingly long finish, characterized by youthfully dusty tannins and a hint of candied violet. One of the best Brunellos of the vintage, it just lacks the sweetness and ripe flesh of warmer vintages. Another standout Brunello from what is, given its small size and limited annual output, the least known of the top fifteen-twenty Brunello producers or so. (ID)  (3/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Sesta di Sopra 2014 Brunello di Montalcino offers a great level of intensity and fullness that was not always easy to achieve in this vintage. This mid-weight wine is the result of skillful winemaking efforts for sure. Dark cherry and cassis segue to spice, aniseed, grilled herb and barbecue smoke. The wine ages in large oak casks for three years. Some 4,000 bottles were made. You have to admire these promising results. (ML)  (2/2019)

90 points James Suckling

 This has some lighter maraschino cherry aromas with a fresh, supple palate that delivers light red-fruit flavors in easygoing style. Ready now.  (1/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of red plum, crushed herb, damp earth, camphor and a whiff of vanilla escape the glass. On the palate, lithe, fine-grained tannins and firm acidity accompany wild cherry, licorice and a hint of coffee. Drink through 2024. (KO)  (5/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Focused like a laser, this red offers a beam of ripe cherry, strawberry, iron and tobacco flavors, fused to a solid backbone of tannins and vivid acidity. The fruit and mineral accents linger, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2022-2038, (BS)  (6/2019)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
This has the classic Sesta di Sopra nose of earth, sage, and leather, with hints of complex earth, stone, and plum notes. It is a supple, aromatic, pretty wine, lively on the palate, that has weight and persistence. If you’re in Montalcino, it’d be a perfect match for your lunch or dinner, which undoubtedly would include wild boar.

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- 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.


- 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.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5