Sesti Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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Giuseppe Maria “Giugi” Sesti did not initially choose a career in wine. Instead, he studied music, art, and astronomy, making the last of those his profession. He met his future wife in North Wales (sigh) while writing his first book on this topic. In 1975, they moved their family to Tuscany where they purchased the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano in Montalcino, slowly clearing the land and restoring the buildings to create the beautiful estate we see there today. Giugi continued actively writing books on astronomy and in 1991 he planted his own vineyards on the slopes around the castle. In 1999 his daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time and today she is an active partner in all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking.
Despite a blending scandal that was revealed in 2008, Brunelli di Montalcino remain some of the most sought after and collected wines from Italy. Nevertheless, the wines are almost criminally underrepresented in my own "cellar." My own preferences tend to lie with the more cerebral wines of the north, but when I come across a more tradition minded producer, like Sesti, I am quickly reminded just how foolish this tendency is. 100% Sangiovese from vines approximately 20 years old on average. The wines spends thirty-nine months of élevage in 30-hectoliter oak botti before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It spends one year in bottle before release.