This is really serious, with a wonderful complexity of ripe fruit, licorice and cedar. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long finish. Wood is dominating for now. One of the new garage wines in the region. Best after 2010.
Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Sesta di Sopra pursues a traditional approach to making its Brunello, which was one of the most pleasant discoveries of my tastings of the 2001 vintage. The vines are still young, and there is much to look forward to in future years from this producer. The pretty 2001 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a delicate, expressive nose of flowers and spices. It displays attractive juiciness and length on the palate, with sweet notes of macerated cherries and tobacco supported by a medium bodied frame, with fine, silky tannins and a long, satisfying finish. (AG)
Applause to Brunello tipicity in the form of balsam notes (menthol cough drop), forest berry, black licorice, tar and background vanilla to smooth over the sharp points. The tannins are still thorny but the finish is long and limber.
Medium red. Floral aromas of red plum, marzipan and cinnamon. Juicy, spicy and intense, with firm-edged but youthfully imploded flavors of wild red berries. Finishes with excellent spine and vinosity. With aeration, this very young wine showed increasing sweetness, with strong kirsch, floral and mineral elements emerging. Offers lovely finesse.
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