By: John Majeski
K&L Staff Member
Sesta di Sopra, a family-owned 44-hectare farm estate located south of the village of Montalcino, has only been making wines since 1999, but they have achieved ravishing results from their tiny two-hectare vineyards, much of the rest devoted to superb olive oil production. I don't know if its largely attributable to the spectacular terroir, the meticulous viticulture (I've read that they go through the vineyards with tweezers, removing inferior fruit) or the uncompromising winemaking skills from harvest to release, but the wines of Sesta di Sopra are special and quite beyond compare. That our discerning staff has been so full of praise is no wonder. The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a tour de force, a true synergy of man and nature, suffused with massive aromatic layers of polished black fruits, licorice, tar and warm spice wrapped around a balanced beam of wonderful acidity and complex, structural tannins. If you purchase a bottle of this seriously sublime wine, please make it at least two, because I don't want you to have any regrets.