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France | Loire
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Before becoming one of Italy’s legendary wines, Brunello was a rarity produced only by a handful of families in the rural hills of southern Tuscany. By the time Giuseppe and Sarah Sesti moved to the area in 1975, word had begun to spread about the noble local red. One of few English speakers in the area, Giuseppe volunteered his services to help translate for visiting journalists and sommeliers, consequently spending many hours in the cellars of the appellation’s pioneering producers.
Twenty years later, the couple had planted their own vineyard on the perfectly exposed, well-ventilated slopes surrounding their home. The time had come to apply the knowledge Giuseppe gleaned from those artisans responsible for forging Brunello di Montalcino’s reputation.
Tasting the Sestis’ 2012 Riserva, one is tempted to imagine this is how the historic wines from Montalcino’s early days might have tasted. It is a hauntingly fragrant Brunello whose raw power takes a back seat to utter delicacy and grace.
|Appellation:||Brunello di Montalcino|
|Vineyard:||20 years old|
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