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2017 Brunello di Montalcino

Sesti
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In contrast to Ferretti, Sesti sits in a warmer subzone of the Brunello appellation, making for a thoroughly different expression of Sangiovese. Basking in Tuscan sunshine and regularly caressed by cooling breezes from the coast, these vines produce a generous Brunello that radiates Mediterranean warmth. The regal perfume is both sweet and savory, with ripe berry fruit accented by balmy herbs and earthy wafts of incense. This deep, rich red is so elegant it feels almost weightless, its suave tannins gently ushering in the long, fragrant finale.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Sesti
Winemaker: Elisa Sesti
Vineyard: 20 years, 3.9 ha total Brunello
Soil: Oceanic Sediment
Aging: Thirty-nine months of élevage in 30-hectoliter oak botti
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Tuscany

Map of Tuscany wine region

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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