Highlighting the success of the vintage in Montalcino, Sesti’s 2016 displays a hedonistic core of ripe red cherry, sweet raspberry, blueberry and cranberry fruit with just a hint of sage. The wine has wonderful underlying textural richness and concentration and these are supported by the trademark freshness and energy of the vintage which balances it out perfectly. One normally wouldn’t find such a myriad of flavours in a simple ‘Rosso’, but this just has it all. It will develop beautifully over the next 6-12 months as it softens and knits together further.
Rich, smooth, a hit of wildness, good fluidity and sapidity with notable clarity and intensity too. An old-school Montalcino favourite which second generation Elli Sesti is taking to exciting new levels. Drink 2018-2028
Visiting the Sestis is always a highlight of our annual pilgrimage to Montalcino. Not only do wetaste some of the region's most engaging wines, but we then share them over a fantastic feast (always the best of the trip) and enlightening conversation. The Sestis are wonderfully warm, intellectual bon vivants. Long before his vinous adventures, Giuseppe ('Giugi') Sesti, studied fresco painting for 8 years before turning to ancient astronomy and lunisolar calendars. In 1975, he moved to Montalcino to find a quieter life and to explore his other interests including opera. Once arrived, he purchased and restored a deserted Etruscan hamlet accompanied by its own castle. He planted his own vines in1991 after years of helping neighbouring winemakers with their harvests and wines. Today, he is considered as one of the leading winemakers of the region - a tremendous feat in sucha short span of time. Fleshy and immediately appealing, his wines might be mistaken for top Right Bank Bordeaux - which is probably not such a bad thing.
Located southwest of Chianti, Montalcino came into its own in the late 1880s when local producer,Biondi-Santi, discovered a Sangiovese clone in his vineyard that was darker in colour than the rest. Its colour, however, was not its only attribute. It produced a wine with notable body, structure and length. He named it ‘brunello' meaning little dark one.This grape's genetic properties along with Montalcino's relatively temperate climate combine tocreate a wine stylistically different to that of more northerly Chianti. They are usually releasedapproximately 5 years after the vintage following 2 to 4 years ageing in wood. The denomination ofRiserva indicates a wine usually produced with more concentrated grapes than the traditional cuvéeand requires a minimum of one additional year of ageing.Today, Montalcino has become one of the most sought after appellations in the Tuscan region.