2013 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1376749

Price: $34.99

RP 93 JS 92 VN 91
WE 91
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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, as the calm they exude is contagious. Their vineyards stretch down the slope from about 1,200 to 700 feet, 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 are incredibly expressive and very age-worthy as well. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    When I first opened the bottle, the wine seemed very nice. It had good fruit, it was balanced, it was subtle. As I waited, I could smell this wine open up in my glass. My colleagues and I sat there chatting and each had to go back for our next sip because of the aromas that began to fill the room. It was still subtle, but subtly smoky, subtly spicy, subtly filled with gorgeous, elegant red and black fruits. The black plum character lifted from the glass while the toasted baking spices and gentle smoke gave an almost umami presence as we drank. I took it home that evening to enjoy with my dinner. My husband often lets me drink the bigger half of the bottle, but that evening he placed it on his side of the table.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I find that Tenuta di Sesta’s wines are always overlooked upon release. They are never the loudest, tallest or heaviest; they just seem to be pleasant. Yet after years of tasting their wines I find they are just slower to develop and end up morphing into silky, elegant masterpieces. In the 2013 vintage their Brunello shows the pure Sangiovese aromatics of wild cherry and plum cut in behind hints of smoke and earthy elements along with hints of dried roses and freshly cut leather. On the palate the wine is graceful, seemingly plump, while the tannins are a bit more present in the finish than is usual for them.


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