The sesti grounds, perched atop a hillside before a mesmerizing panorama of rolling hills punctuated by towering Monte Amiata, are a special place. Here in the southern reaches of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, there is something magical in the air. Perhaps it’s the constant fresh breeze that blows from the Mediterranean, channeled through a network of valleys from which it picks up intoxicating aromas of wildflowers and herbs. This air is famous, historically, for its cleansing properties; the inherent purity of these wines is only natural, considering the vines breathe it in day and night. Great terroir is certainly crucial, but capturing it in bottle is no easy feat. Thanks to their wholesome approach to viticulture, with a focus on sustainability and reliance upon lunar and planetary cycles, as well as their low-intervention, traditionalist winemaking, Giuseppe Sesti and his daughter, Elisa, are able to craft Sangioveses of a rare elegance. The following new arrivals are now in stock.
Sangiovese how we like it: vibrant and translucent, saturated with Mediterranean herbs, earth, and a dollop of bright cherry fruit. You’ll find darker, riper wines from the vintage, but few as graceful.
Less exuberant than the Rosso above but two steps up in nuance and sophistication, this Brunello emanates a sweet fragrance of faded flowers, warm spice, incense, and tea. A savory richness on the palate leads to a silken finish with just the slightest grip. Here is a Brunello that can, and perhaps should, be enjoyed in its youth—the elements are already in place, and the pleasure is palpable.
A monumental effort from a vintage that will go down as one of the recent greats. All the depth, concentration, and intensity imaginable are densely packed into a tight, firm, chewy package. Truly noble, this Phenomena belongs in every collector’s cellar.
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