Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2004

Region: ITALY - TUSCANY Italy - Veneto

Sassetti Pertimali

The persuasive charm and attentive embrace of the Sassetti family lures one to the vineyards, cellar and people who have farmed some of Montalcino’s finest vineyards for over a century. Four generations of the Sassetti family have made wine in Montalcino. Livio worked the historic property through the late 1970s, then purchased the 16 hectare vineyard of the now–famous Podere Pertimali. The Podere is in the Montosoli area, north of Montalcino, a particularly well-known area for the cultivation of the Sangiovese grape. Faithful to the teachings of the family,  Livio and Lorenzo have over time renewed and expanded the vineyards, preserving the genetic heritage of the old vines and preserving the primigenie characteristics.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • The Sassetti Pertimali vineyards are located in the Montosoli hills, north of Montalcino, a particularly well known area for the cultivation of Sangiovese
  • The soils have a clay sublayer with a sandy topsoil layer
  • Training systems are spurred cordon
  • Planting density is 700 vines per acre
Winemaker's Notes

Rich and intense. Red fruits aromas with hints of dried flowers and mushrooms. Soft and very rich tannins.

Wine Summary

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello); Vines age – planted 1988 – 2001; vineyard soils are clay subsoil with sandy topsoil; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures 28 – 29 °C; maceration for 10 – 12 days; aged 36 months in 33 Slavonian oak barrels; aged six months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello)
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Aged 36 months in 44 hl Slavonian oak barrels
  • Aged 6 months in bottle before release
  • Grapes gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28 – 29 °C
  • Maceration for 10 – 12 days

Reviews

93 Points

Candied plum notes, with hints of flowers and mushroom, follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very soft, juicy tannins and lightly grilled meat, berry and fresh shiitake mushroom flavors. A decadent style.

Wine Spectator, June, 2009

92+ Points

Good deep medium red. Highly complex, slightly musky aromas of red berries, spices, minerals, incense, iron and graphite; quite Burgundian. Silky on entry, then sharply delineated and vibrant in the middle, with a sappy, rather imploded character suggesting more to come. This very young and structured wine finishes with excellent grip and slowly emerging notes of leather, chocolate, iron and underbrush. It’s a shame that more 2004 Brunellos can’t match this wine for clarity of flavor or back-end thrust.

Vinous - Stephen Tanzer, July, 2009

94 Points

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino captivates with a dusty bouquet of dried flowers, incense and hints of menthol and crushed black cherries. This is silky in texture and elegant in feel, offering a sweet-and-sour mix of wild berries and nuances of tart citrus energized by nervous acidity. A mix of salty minerals and adolescent tannins lingers through the incredibly long finale under an air of rosy florals and hints of licorice. The 2004 finds a beautiful place between richness of fruit, energy and structure, promising another 10–15 years of pleasure if sourced from a cold cellar. 2021 – 2032

Vinous, January, 2022

General Info

Country Italy
Region Tuscany, Veneto
Appellation(s) Montalcino, Montecucco, Valdobbiadene
Proprietors Lorenzo Sassetti & Sabina La Brusco Sassetti
Founded late 1800s
Winemaker Lorenzo Sassetti
Annual Production 13,250 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic