Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2016

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.

Grapes / Soils

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 100% Sangiovese Grosso Planted 1988 -2001 Clay and limestone  29.65 acres / 12 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The Sassetti Pertamali vineyards are located in the Montosoli hills, north of Montalcino, a particularly well known area for the cultivation of Sangiovese.

  • Soils: Clay and limestone
  • Vine training system: Spurred cordon
  • Planting density: 7000 vines per hectare
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in beginning of October
  • Gentle crushing
  • Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 – 12 days at 28 – 29º C
  • Aged 36 months in 30hl Slavonian oak barrels
  • Bottle aged 6 months
Winemaker's Notes

A rich silky red with complex aromas of wild berry and dark cherry.  Floral and refined featuring a silky texture and elegant, smooth tannins.

Wine Summary

Made from Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) 100%; alcohol: 14.5%; Vines planted 1988 – 2001; vineyard soils of clay and limestone; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures 28 – 29 °C; maceration for 10 – 12 days; aged 36 months in 30 hl Slavonian oak barrels; aged 6 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sangiovese Grosso Brunello grapes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

Reviews

97 Points

If checking in early, make sure to give the towering 2016 Brunello di Montalcino from Pertimali plenty of time to stretch its legs. It’s incredibly shy and backward upon first pulling the cork, coming to life nearly an hour later and never taking a step back from there on out. A beguiling display of spiced orange peels, sour cherry and mint pull you closer to the glass, where notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove and sage reside. It’s dangerously soft and supple at first sip with fleshy red fruits and sweet spices blanketing the palate; yet beneath this soothing mix, a complex web of minerals and fine tannin slowly saturate. That said, there’s a lively bolt of acidity which maintains freshness in spite of the 2016’s heroic structure. Inner florals resonate along with a hint of white pepper, as it tapers off with classic austerity. This is a gorgeous vintage for Pertimali. 2024 – 2040

Vinous, November, 2020

100 Points

Named # 1 Italian Wine of 2020

Named #3 of Top 100 Wines of 2020

Blackberries, black walnuts and black cherries, as well as loads of chewy tannins. Some smoked wood, wood tannins and even black truffles. It’s full-bodied and powerful with loads going on. It just keeps growing on the palate. So much wet earth and black olive at the finish with porcini mushrooms, too. Needs time to soften. Crazy finish. Try after 2025.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2020

97 Points

Red berry, violet and menthol aromas fill the glass alongside a whiff of underbrush in this full-bodied red. The tightly wound palate offers Marasca cherry, licorice, tobacco and a hint of game set against a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins. Flashes of bright acidity keep it balanced. Drink 2024–2036.

Wine Enthusiast, May, 2021

94 Points

Muddled plum and cherry flavors are enhanced by leather, black tea and iron notes in this sleek yet beefy red. Chewy tannins line the finish, yet this remains lively and finds a nice equilibrium in the end. Best from 2024 through 2047. 4,600 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, March, 2021

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