2014 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1434285 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Tenuta di Sesta 2014 Brunello di Montalcino opens to an evolved appearance that showcases dark garnet saturation. However, this expression is also thicker and slightly more concentrated compared to many of its peers in this vintage. In 2014, the wines are lighter, generally speaking. You get a bright bouquet with crisp aromas of wild berry, blue flower and spice. The thinness of the vintage is apparent to the palate. This is a compact and streamlined Brunello with medium length. Some 30,000 bottles were made. Tenuta di Sesta is releasing two very nice wines this year, and their 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the more successful expressions from this challenging vintage. This year, they are also releasing a new Riserva called "Duelecci Est." You might remember that last year we got our first taste of the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Duelecci Ovest (that I scored 93 points). The East ("Est) and West ("Ovest") sides of the Duelecci single-vineyard have been divvied up by vintage. Because the east side of the plot is warmer and sees more sunshine, that fruit was used to make the Riserva in the cooler 2013 vintage. The hot 2012 vintage saw fruit sourced from the cooler western flank of the cru. ML  (2/2019)

92 points Vinous

 Good medium red. Subtly complex aromas of black cherry, blackberry, sweet spices and resiny herbs. On the lean side in keeping with the cool and rainy vintage, but boasts lovely intensity and definition to its flavors of black cherry and raspberry complicated by a candied orange note. This strikes me as much less flinty than usual for this wine, with the long refreshing finish featuring polished tannins and flavors of sweet coffee and sweet pipe tobacco. One of the more successful 2014 Brunellos. ID  (3/2019)

91 points Decanter

 Plush and dense red with developing dried spice, cherry and herbal aromas, a pleasant mouthfeel, plenty of extract, plus a long, cherry-suffused finish.  (5/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Underbrush, toasted nut, exotic spice and plum aromas lead the way. On the rounded palate, you'll find dried cherry, crushed clove and a hint of coffee bean set against fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2020-2026. KO  (5/2019)

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By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2019 | Send Email
Bursting with red fruit and garrigue, this Sangiovese is a true rock star! Notwithstanding the challenging climatic issues associated with this vintage, this wine is an absolute gem. Plush tannins, vivid acidity, and a seemingly never-ending finish give the 2014 Tenuta Di Sesta Brunello Di Montalcino the ability to be thoroughly enjoyed both in the short term and long term. Bravo!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2019 | Send Email
While the majority of 2014 Brunelli are on the lighter side, Tenuta di Sesta has produced a fuller, richer wine by comparison. This is one of our favorites of the vintage and takes a well deserved place among the best. It's definitely reflective of a lighter vintage but offers good concentration and length with delicious berry fruit flavors and fine acidity. At this price, what's not to like?

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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.