From the hamlet of Argiano, drugs near Siena in Tuscany, story there is a panoramic view of the raisin-gold sunlight drenching the hillsides. It is the kind of place that gives rise to all the romantic visions of Tuscany and Tuscans – their overwhelming generosity, order their love of their land, and their perpetual state of appreciation for food, wine and the fellowship of visitors.
Giuseppe Sesti is one such Tuscan, and if you knock on his door at Argiano you’ll be welcomed into the old piazza’s garden. His daughter, Elisa, will invite you to taste their wine – Brunello. And if you stay a while they will begin cooking – plates of pancetta and sage crusted turkey, chestnuts pureed with black truffles, savory spiced sweet potatoes and cannellini beans in fresh olive oil with orange and rosemary – and you too will fall in love with Tuscany.
In 1975, when Sesti came to Argiano, Brunello was distinguished as one of the two elder janissaries of Italy. But it was also dying out. Only 25 producers remained in the area and many assumed Brunello would become a historical footnote tied to Giuseppe’s friend Biondi-Santi. Sesti set out to spend the second half of his life (he is actually one of Italy’s most famous astronomers) restoring the ancient vineyards at Argiano.
His years in Montalcino serve as an indication to the style of wines he and his daughter make. These are not brash wines attempting to make a splash on the cover of American wine magazines. They are Tuscan vino di tavola and should be loved with great food and fellowship at a common table.
Monteleccio is Giuseppe’s bambino Brunello. It is distinctively Sangiovese Grosso, the one and only grape of Brunello, with its classic aromas of dried cherries, cedar, truffles and tobacco. The palate is concentrated but has the assertive sternness of all good Brunello, with its arenaceous, palate cleansing tannins. The finish is lengthy; with notes of chocolate, mocha and reglisse emerging as the wine reveals itself. It is the perfect wine for Thanksgiving – if you are willing to share in the Tuscan spirit with Giuseppe and Elisa.
Giuseppe’s bella figlia is the Sesti Brunello (which is made by his daughter). It is unyieldingly dense, needing the love of time in your cellar. Here they follow in the path of their great friend Biondi-Santi. You buy this wine now only to enjoy it with the next generation.
These wines are why Giuseppe Sesti loves Argiano, and this Thanksgiving – with a little help from his wine, our recipes, and your friends – you too will fall in love with Argiano. Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Tuscan style – by drinking Sesti’s Monteleccio Brunello di Montalcino Rosso.
2008 Sesti “Monteleccio”
Brunello di Montalcino Rosso
Suggested List Price: $25.99
Special price via this email: $19.99
2004 Sesti Brunello
Suggested List Price: $89.99
Special price via this email: $74.99
The recipes for your Tuscan Thanksgiving:
Pancetta and sage crusted turkey
Tuscan mashed potatoes
Pureed chestnuts with black truffles
Roasted savory spiced sweet potatoes
Cannellini beans in fresh olive oil with orange and rosemary
Seared Brussels sprouts with garlic and parmesan
We will taste this wine on Friday afternoon and Saturday all day (unless we sell out of it!) Stop in and give it a try!
All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number. All orders will be available at the time of purchase. Half case (5%) and full case discounts (10%) do apply to this special offer.
When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged. The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge. Offer is good while supplies last.
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