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 2015 Mulino is the first vintage of a Brunello Cru coming from a single vineyard. It comes from the lowest-altitude Pertimali vineyard called “Mulino de’ Diavoli” (literally the ‘Devil’s Mill’), since it is very close to a former grain mill, nowadays in ruin, that once belonged to the Diavoli family. Pertimali is a unique block of land, but this specific area is rich in fossils and minerals.
- Hand harvested from end September to early October
- Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10-12 days at 83º F
- Aged 12 months in tank
- Transferred to 3000 liter, 8-10 year old Slavonian oak barrels to age for 36 months
- Bottle aged for 6 months
Deep and complex, with black cherry flavors and silky tannins. Rich and elegant.
2015 the first Sassetti Brunello Cru vintage to be produced from a single vineyard, “Mulino de Diavoli”; 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes; alcohol: 14.5%; lowest-altitude Pertimali vineyard, rich in fossils and minerals; hand harvested end September – early October; fermented in stainless steel tanks 10-12 days at 83ºF; aged 12 months in tank; then aged 36 months in 3000 liter, 10-8 yr. old Slavonian oak barrels; bottle aged for 6 months.
- 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- pH: 3.5
- Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/l
- Acidity: 5 g/l
- Dry Extract: 30.5 g/l
Dried leaves, chocolate and licorice on the nose, followed by black olives. It’s full-bodied with firm, focused tannins and a long, savory finish. Dark chocolate and crushed walnuts. Tar and hints of asphalt. Drink from 2023.
This is the first vintage of the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Mulino from Pertimali, a lower-elevation cru that’s noted for the high level of marine fossils found in its soils. Here I find a classic display of dried roses, black cherry, dusty earth and freshly-tanned leather. It envelopes the palate in fleshy textures offset by a mix of tart wild berries, zesty acids and savory spice, as building tension puckers the cheeks, seeding them with fine-grained tannins. This comes across as structured yet remarkably balanced, and it’s a beautiful expression of the vintage. Lose your bottles in the cellar for two to three years, and then reap the rewards. 2024 – 2032
|Appellation(s)||Montalcino, Montecucco, Valdobbiadene|
|Proprietors||Lorenzo Sassetti & Sabina La Brusco Sassetti|
|Annual Production||13,250 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Organic|