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Of the many wine producing regions of Italy, we concentrate principally on two - Tuscany and Piedmont - where arguably the finest wines are made. Tuscany is the home of Sangiovese - which finds its greatest expression in the wines of Montalcino - while Piedmont is the home of Nebbiolo - the grape variety of Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, we have wines from Friuli in the far northeast, close to the border with Slovenia, from the Veneto (particularly famous for the sparkling wines made from Prosecco) and from Umbria, where quality can be very fine, while price remains remarkably reasonable.

Wine production in Italy has undergone an extraordinarily rapid period of change over the last 20 to 30 years. Gone is the obsession, born at least in part from the impoverishment of the post-War years, for producing the maximum possible volume from the vineyards, which resulted in the production of vast quantities of dilute, under-ripe and poorly made wines. The generation of the increasingly affluent decades of the 1970s and 1980s, which has now taken control of family vineyards, has very different ideas. The transparency of the global market, and the competition for the attention of wine drinkers has brought in its wake the realisation that wine, however cheap, will not sell if the quality is not there. Now we have a generation of Italian producers making wines of the highest quality at all levels of price.




Castello di Argiano

Giuseppe-Maria and Sarah Sesti own this sublime 102 hectare estate, Castello di Argiano, in the hills south of Montalcino, overlooking the Orcia valley.  There are 9 hectares of vines, with the rest of the estate a mixture of olive groves, grazing and woodland.  The Castello is a 12th century hilltop fortification occupying a site first settled by Etruscans, then by Romans and then by Cistercian monks sent from the nearby abbey of San Antimo.  It is the Cistercians’ 9th century oratory which still stands at the heart of the hamlet, dominated by the tower built to keep watch over this important strategic site on the southern marches of the old republic of Siena.  Sesti began planting vines in the early 1990s, and over the last 15 years has established a strong reputation for the outstanding quality of his wines.  Everything here is run strictly according to the influence of lunar phases, reflecting Giugi’s other great area of expertise – astronomy.  Their daughter Elisa, was born at Argiano and educated in Italy and England.  In 1999 she returned to Argiano where she is now co-director, and involved in all aspects of running the estate.

http://www.sestiwine.com/

 
Lemon blossom at Argiano

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2026
 12 Bottles
£425.00
£540.00
Deep ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Intense dark fruit aromas with stunning savoury overtones of game. Beautifully supple and ripe on the palate; gorgeous fruit character backed up with fine, ripe tannins. Great length. A brilliant Brunello. 
2009 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2027
 12 Bottles
£425.00
£540.00
 
2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2018-2028
 6 Bottles
£212.50
£270.00
 
2010 Phenomena, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2016-2022
 6 Bottles
£310.00
£387.00
 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2016-2026
 6 Bottles
£212.50
£270.00
"Sesti's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a rich, resonant wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet tobacco, cherry, iron, dried flowers and mint all meld together in the glass. Soft, silky and ample, the 2011 is already quite delicious, although, like so many Brunellos of the vintage, it is probably best enjoyed on the younger side. 90" Antonio Galloni in Vinous 
2011 Phenomena, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2017-2023
 6 Bottles
£349.50
£435.00
 
2012 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2014-2019
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
Lovely ruby garnet colour, and seductive briary fruit scents. Stunning complex fruit on the palate, with firm, ripe, balancing tannins. Outstanding. 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2017-2027
 6 Bottles
£274.50
£345.00
 
2013 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2015-2020
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
 
2014 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2021
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
 
2014 Rosso di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2022
 12 Bottles
£170.00
£234.00
 
2015 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2022
 12 Bottles
£126.50
£183.00
 
2015 Rosso di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2023
 12 Bottles
£191.50
£261.00
 

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