2016 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino SKU #1376748

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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

Whenever I visit this winery I always feel more serene. There’s just something about how it sits nestled into the hillside on Montalcino’s south slope. It seems to have had the same effect upon the owners, Giovanni Ciacci and his son and daughter Andrea and Francesca— the calm they exude is contagious. Their vineyards stretch down the slope from about 1,200 to 700 feet, being protected from the cold north wind by the hills at their back. They overlook the Orcia river valley and benefit from the warm airflow from the Tuscan coast. Here the soil here is rich in marl and limestone, the perfect foil to harness Sangiovese’s vigor and allow the vine to produce complexity rather than bulk. Their estate covers almost 500 acres, of which 32 acres are in Brunello (all acreage in Montalcino is controlled and limited, and there isn’t any “open” land to just plant Rosso or Brunello) and 26 acres of Rosso di Montalcino. The biggest portion of the estate is close to 250 acres that are planted to olives and grain. I love these wines. They reflect the placid serenity I spoke of previously, are far more savory than fruity and are far more elegant than bold, but incredibly expressive and very age-worthy as well. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    12/5/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    As soon as I opened the bottle this Rosso began to invite me in. Summer strawberries and flowers mixed with serious savory notes filled the air while I poured the garnet elixir into the glass. The first sip was gentle while the strawberry flavors gripped my tongue. The tannins were subtle but grabbed my cheeks while the acidity got my mouth to water. As time passed the wine began to grow into a complex, plum filled experience that was begging me to take another sip. It was an adventure in a glass.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    12/4/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This Rosso was aged for one year in 20hl Slovenian oak barrels and unites the imposing structure of Brunello with the freshness and vivacity of a young wine; classic ripe strawberries, cherry-cola, and cranberry with a hint of leather and spice on the finish. This can be drunk young, but will evolve over the next couple of years. WARNING! This is one of those wines that will make you think: how did that bottle empty itself? This 2016 ROCKS !!!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    11/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Tenuta di Sesta is our most elegant Rosso. It is subtle and has a more feminine grace, but underneath that obvious restraint lies a wine full of complexity and savory intrigue…it just takes a bit of time to open up (I’d decant for an hour if you have the chance—also, they will age easily and wonderfully for another 4–5 years). In this vintage (if you haven’t heard, 2016 is an outstanding vintage in Montalcino), of the more than 100 Rosso I tasted, this wine was my number-one choice. The depth of this wine’s flavor is unreal—even its color is more pronounced than usual. It is a sensational wine.

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