2012 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1295597


JS 95 WE 94 VN 93
RP 92
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Sesta di Sopra is a tiny estate on the southern slope of Montalcino, its one hectare Brunello vineyard sits above the road from Sant'Angelo in Colle to Castelnuovo dell'Abate in a galestro rich soil. They produce just over 4,000 bottles of Brunello every year, made in one 31hl Slavonian oak barrel.

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is perfect, the classic blend of red fruits, savory bouillon and porcini like components accented with bits of Tuscan dust. On the palate the wine is serious it’s big and powerful yet more agile and elegant than pondering, while the tannins are super fine giving it a fine, web-like structure. The wine has just enough plumpness to give you that sensual pleasure, the richness without being heavy and the wine all comes together in a long and lifted finish. Excellent quality with a long life ahead.
    Drink from 2017 to 2027
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    I have to give our Brunello customers credit: this is always amongst our most popular Brunelli, and as consistently tasty as it is, I can see why. While Sesta tends to show rich, succulent red fruits, they are even more delectable in a forward, juicy vintage such as 2012. While there is fruit here, and lots of it, there is also sufficient acid balance and structure to see it through some mid-term cellaring. Greg (St Clair, our Italian buyer if you don't know him by now) refers to 2012 as something of a goldilocks vintage, and this wine does indeed taste just right.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    I love these user friendly Brunelli's in 2012. Impressive nose, with loads of ripe fruit, this is full-bodied with soft tannin structure, that won’t hurt your teeth. Love the fruit that is an impressive, rich and concentrated. The wine boasts excellent length, with black cherry, leather and a spicy nose with a little Tuscan dust and minerals on the finish. It is drinkable now, with a couple of hours in a decanter, or give this wine time to improve and continues to evolve for another five to ten years. I am thinking a pork roast loin.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Sesta di Sopra is one of the jewels of our Italian department and we're ever grateful that they are part of our direct import family. This tiny estate continues their unbroken string of exceptional Brunellos with the release of their 2012. It's a substantial wine that not only expresses its calcerous soils with pleasant earthy nuances but also exudes rich, deep Sangiovese fruit with fine grained tannins and a perfect dose of acidity. It's a full-bodied red with savory dark and red fruit flavors that coat the palate and continue to a long finish. It ranks among the truly great values of the vintage and it's a Sangiovese we think you'll appreciate as much as we do.


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