Year in and year out, Sesti’s Brunellos are characterized by a delicate, caressing texture, and the elegant 2009 is no exception. Already extremely aromatic, it has soft, ripe tannins that beckon you to dig in right away. The tender Sangiovese fruit is sprinkled with suggestions of spices, earth, and bitter cocoa. This young but very approachable Brunello has breadth, style, and breed, all while conveying a majestic weightlessness. It is a truly special wine that begs to be served with wild mushrooms and other simple, rustic fare. —Anthony Lynch
|Appellation:||Brunello di Montalcino|
|Vineyard:||20 years, 3.9 ha total Brunello|
|Aging:||Thirty-nine months of élevage in 30-hectoliter oak botti, one year of bottle aging before release|
Giuseppe Sesti didn’t initially choose a career in wine. Instead, he was inspired to study music, art, and astronomy, the latter becoming his profession. He met his future wife in Wales while writing his first book, and in 1975 moved to Tuscany, purchasing the abandoned castle of Argiano, slowly restoring the breathtaking estate later planting his vineyards around the castle. In 1999 the Sesti’s daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time, becoming a partner in all aspects of production. The Sesti lineup includes a white Sauvignon and a Rosato, but their Brunello, Brunello Riserva, and Rosso di Montalcino provide traditional expressions of the appellation, robust and powerful yet refreshing, with great aging potential.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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