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It's believed to take at least 10,000 hours to obtain expertise in any given field or skill. The Ciacci family has been displaying mastery in Brunello production for 53 years. As part of the original twelve Brunello bottlers, Tenuta di Sesta has elevated the standard of Brunello di Montalcino since its inception. It is safe to these guys are experts.
Since 1966, the same year Brunello became recognized as a DOC, the Ciacci family has been cultivating high-quality Brunello. Their vines are grown upon limestone and red clay soils in the south of Montalcino. The family utilizes traditional winemaking and aging techniques focused on obtaining the best expression of Montalcino.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. Ruby red trending towards garnet. The wine is intense with a broad bouquet, elegant, rich with red fruits, spiced licorice, and tobacco. The wine is comforting, soft with velvet tannins, balanced and intense, crescendoed with an elegant finish. Pair alongside red meats, game, mature cheeses.
Vintage Report from James Suckling:
"If you ever wanted a Brunello di Montalcino for your cellar to age for decades, then buy the 2016 vintage when the wines come out in the market in January 2021. The 2016 vintage marks the second great year in a row for Brunello di Montalcino following the sensational 2015, which is currently on the market."
It is precise and expressive and is full of energy in the scents of black plums, black tea leaves, roasted coffee, and nocillo (walnut liquor). Full body, creamy, and perfectly integrated tannins and a finish that excellently combines the voluminous profile and the subtle austerity of vibrant acidity. Exciting will be better from 2022. ~97 International Wine Report
A tight, refined red with plum, berry, cherry, and some cedar and lemon peel. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with fine, tight tannins and a fresh finish. Pretty, ripe fruit at the end. Drinkable now, but better in 2022. ~94 James Suckling
This wine sources its fruit from a moderately high parcel that measures 13 hectares and is perched 400 meters in elevation. The soils here are thin and drain well, with a mix of calcareous and schistous terrain. The Tenuta di Sesta 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is fermented with ambient yeasts in stainless steel and later ages in various-sized botte made with Slavonian oak. This very natural and traditional approach allows for those expressive vintage aromas to shine bright. This 2016 Brunello shows linear fruit with forest berry and wild cherry. You get all of that here with tight tannins, cola, and mineral. Some 40,000 bottles were made, and this wine delivers a classic and straightforward interpretation of this terrific vintage. ~94+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino from Tenuta di Sesta lifts up with a zesty display of tart cherries, incense, spiced orange peels, and dusty dried earth tones. It’s silky and soft, complemented by juicy acids and sweet red fruits, taking on notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and purple inner florals. This is such a pleasure to taste, as it blends ripeness with nervous tension and grippy tannins to create a truly satisfying yet also youthful and balanced expression. The 2016 Tenuta di Sesta should only require a few years to come into focus, and it will provide a long and open drinking window from there on out. ~93 Vinous Media
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