Sesti Toscana "Monteleccio" 2019
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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.
Their "Monteleccio" bottling, which is the Latin rendering of Montalcino, is their younger fresher take on Rosso di Montalcino. While it bears the more humble IGT label, the wine could qualify for the Rosso DOC. The vines are an average of 15 years old and the wine spends one year in large 30-hectoliter oak botti. Expect Sangiovese's stereotypical notes of sour cherry, lavender, and burnt orange with a zesty stony finish. Just the thing for your charcuterie board.