For over a century, four generations of the Sassetti family have farmed and made wine in Montalcino. Livio worked the historic property through the late 1970s, then purchased the 16-hectare (39.53 acres) Podere Pertimali vineyard. The now–famous Podere is in the Montosoli area, north of Montalcino, an area recognized for the cultivation of the Sangiovese grape.
In 1967, Livio was among the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, which was the same year the DOC(G) system was written into law. In 1968 he built a terracotta wall in his cellar to preserve the old vintages of the wines produced by the family. Today, that collection consists of almost 1,000 bottles, with vintages dating back to 1915. Dedicated to the land, Livio has over time rehabilitated and expanded the vineyards, preserving the genetic heritage of the old vines and preserving the primigenial characteristics.
In 1999, the Sassetti family acquired La Querciolina a beautiful property located in the Maremma within the Montecucco DOC. They also work with a small property in Colle Argento located in the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG region.
Today, the estates are managed by Lorenzo Sassetti, Livio’s son, fourth generation family member and acclaimed winemaker. Together with his wife Sabina they passionately uphold the family name and reputation. Lorenzo’s wines have deep roots in their respective terroirs. The wines are invigorating, aromatic, powerful styles that dance on the palate. Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino is a collector’s wine. A true benchmark.
Grapes / Soils
|Wine||Blend||Vine Age||Soil Type|
|Brunello di Montalcino DOCG||100% Sangiovese Grosso||Planted 1988 -2001||clay and sandy on top|
- 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
- Vines planted: 1998 – 2001
- Vine training system: Spurred Cordon
- Planting density: 7000/ha
- Hand harvested in beginning of October
- Grapes gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28 – 29 °C
- Maceration for 10 – 12 days
- Aged in 30hl Slavonian oak barrels for 48 months
- Bottle aged for 12 months
An extremely dense and complex wine with intense dried cherries and spiced flavours. Firmly structured with silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.
100% Sangiovese Grosso Brunello; alcohol: 14%; vines planted 1988 – 2001; vineyard soils of clay subsoil with sandy topsoil; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures 28 – 29 °C; maceration for 10 – 12 days; aged 48 months in 30 hl Slavonian oak barrels; aged 12 months in bottle.
- 100% Sangiovese Grosso Brunello grapes
- Alcohol: 14%
- pH: 3.5
- Acidity: 5 g/l
- Residual sugar: 1.3 g/l
- Dry extract: 29.5
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is gorgeous yet understated, showing fresh red berry fruits with pretty dried florals, hints of leather, and dusty earth tones. On the palate, soft textures are complemented by sweet red fruits and spice in a lifted expression, as salty minerals and brisk acids cascade across the senses, adding a tactile feel. The 2012 Riserva’s structure comes forward on the long, dramatic finish, with acids and minerals that resonate, and spicy red fruits slowly fade. This is an especially pretty expression of the 2012 vintage with energy to burn. I believe that with time in the cellar the palate will pick up more textural weight to balance its spicy, tannic finish. 2022 – 2032
An extremely dense and complex red with dried berry, cherry, floral and spice. Full body, powerful with a wealth of fruit and chewy tannins. This really is intense and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. Big wine. Drink in 2021.
Showing a dark color and appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautiful wine. The 2012 vintages deliver some great surprises, like the ones you get here. The wine is dark and powerful with full throttle aromas of black cherry and blackberry. Spice, leather and balsam herb appear at the back. It sports firm tannins and a robust structure that will carry it forward over its aging years. 2012 – 2040
|Appellation(s)||Montalcino, Montecucco, Valdobbiadene|
|Proprietors||Lorenzo Sassetti & Sabina La Brusco Sassetti|
|Annual Production||13,250 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Following organic principles, not certified|