Sesti Rosso di Montalcino 2018


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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.
Rosso di Montalcino is a separate DOC that allows producers of Brunello di Montalcino an opportunity to bottle younger drinking wines, also made from 100% Sangiovese, which can be released as early as September 1st of the year following harvest, whereas Brunello cannot be released until the 5th year after harvest. In practice, however, these wines can occupy an awkward middle territory, possessing neither the freshness and vibrancy of a good Chianti, nor the power and depth of a proper Brunello. Perhaps this is why Sesti further divides their Rosso into two separate bottlings, one emphasizing freshness and vibrancy, with the other showcasing structure and ageability. --Brian Acton


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