Sesta di Sopra, garage wines from Montalcino!
I first discovered Sesta di Sopra after a guest from our agriturismo Fonte Aulente in Montalcino described Ettore’s wines with a quality “they did not know even existed in wine”. You understand, I was obliged to check out such a place.
After meeting with Ettore and Enrica and tasting their wines, I have literally fallen in love with them. The energy and expressiveness of those wines still remain with me as a special moment. The many other tastings have proven that the rich character with wild berries and spices over time gives place to intense, velvety soft and complex wines. It is one of the smallest Montalcino estates and produces only about 4000 bottles of Brunello each year. Truly boutique winery.
The terroir and the story
Sesta is situated in the Southeastern part of Montalcino, an area defined by Ian d’Agata from Decanter as one of the 10 best terroirs in Italy. Sesta di Sopra is a tiny vineyard of 7 acres (2,5 ha) situated on their 108-acre property. The average elevation of the vineyard is 350 m above sea level. Ettore (84) and Enrica (78) have restored the buildings dating back to the 12th century and started their vineyard some 30 years ago.
Ettore used to work as a successful bank manager in Torino before planting his first vineyard in Montalcino 27 years ago.
ME: "What is the difference between managing the bank and running a winery?"
ETTORE: "In many ways, it is the same method. You need hard work, study, discipline, honesty, talent, and last but not the least, my wife. She is my boss."
Ettore planted his first vineyard in 1995. He then had to wait 4 years before the vines were mature enough to be harvested, and then another 5 years to be able to put his Brunello on the market. His first vintage was 1999 and it was put on the market in 2004.
It was an immediate success as they got 95 points from Wine Spectator!
Our September Selection Brunello 2012
TASTING NOTES: 2012 Brunello by Sesta di Sopra opens up in a wonderful way, immediately catching your attention. Fruit forward and dynamic with wild cherries and blackberries, it already starts to reveal incredible complexity: spices of licorice and pepper, earthy notes, young leather and tobacco, dark chocolate. Rich character, already enjoyable, will presumably evolve into a very profound and elegant wine.