Beautiful ripeness, but also balance on the nose, which features cinnamon, dried cedar, dried plums, dark chocolate and licorice. Expansive and comprehensive on the palate with outward-veering tannins and lots of treacle-tart undertones. Chewy and decadent.
Deep red-ruby. Almost hypnotic aromas of ripe red cherry, black cherry-cola, incense, violet, dried rose and minerals. Structured and sweet red and darker fruit flavors are graceful and finely etched, picking up savory spice and floral elements with aeration. Perhaps a touch less multifaceted than some other Brunellos from this estate, but brimming with early appeal and enough balance to easily last another fifteen to twenty years in a good cellar. (ID)
Sesta di Sopra is a 40ha property, yet only 1ha is planted for Brunello. Given its small size, it can be harvested quickly. Owner Ettore Spina looks for the moment of both sugar and phenolic ripeness, which in 2015 was on 23 September. While the nose shows relative restraint, the palate is exuberant, fleshy and concentrated. Hints of all-spice, iron and smoke overlay masses of sun-soaked summer berries, with supple tannins and a flattering glossy texture. Despite its generous alcohol, this is well-balanced. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029 (MM)
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