October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Sesti’s recently arrived 2014 reds are absolute marvels—testaments to what can be achieved when working rigorously in a challenging vintage. Often the problem in Tuscany is excessive heat. This vintage brought weather patterns that tested the growers with storms and cooler-than-normal temperatures. The Sestis turned the trouble into an advantage, producing wonderfully detailed, precise, bright, invigorating Sangioveses that are irresistibly fresh, aromatic, and thirst-quenching. The Rosso is, as usual, a significant step up in weight and structure from the downright quaffable Monteleccio, yet it gives us a delightfully versatile Sangiovese that will be a lot of fun this summer with a slight chill for outdoor barbecues. –Dixon Brooke
|Appellation:||Rosso di Montalcino|
|Vineyard:||15 years, 2 ha total Brunello|
|Aging:||Eighteen months of élevage in 30-hectoliter oak botti, two months 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.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.