Rosso di Montalcino is lovingly referred to as ‘baby Brunello,’ because while it has less strict aging requirements, and potentially less exclusive vines, it is the same grape and terroir as one of the world’s most prized wines, Brunello, just with a fraction of the price tag. And some would say with a more approachable palate as well. I’ll take that deal!
This history of the estate dates back to 714, where it was mentioned in the ‘Carta Aretina.’ However its ‘modern’ life as a vineyard began in the 1850s, when two brothers from the Ciacci family took ownership. In 1966 the first bottles of Brunello from Tenuta di Sesta were produced. At the time there were only 11 other producers in this region, therefore they continue to be recognized as one of the historical estates in Montalcino.
Grape: Sangiovese Grosso 100%
Region: Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Farming: 300-400m elevation, hand harvested
Winery: Aged for 1 year in traditional large Slavonian oak barrels, gravity run