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 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