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.
Here's an elegant and classic expression of the vintage. The Sesta di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows solid balance with its dark fruit flavors offset by tart cherry and fresh menthol. The oak tones are nicely tucked in and integrated, offering substance that builds the wine's structure but does not take away from its elegance. Balanced acidity adds a pretty touch to the mouthfeel. Some 4,300 bottles were made. ML
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)
Ample and round, sporting cherry, plum, earth and saline flavors. Well-mannered tannins are integrated, lending an overall impression of freshness. Fine length. Best from 2023 through 2040. 380 cases made, 150 cases imported. — BS
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 gen erous alcohol, this is well-balanced.(MM)
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