Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 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.

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
  • Vines planted: 1998 – 2001
  • Vine training system: Spurred Cordon
  • Planting density: 7000/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in early 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 before release
Winemaker's Notes

An exceptionally dense and complex wine with intense dried cherries and spice notes. This 2016 Riserva is firmly structured with silky tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Sangiovese Grosso Brunello; alcohol: 14.5%; vines planted on the Montosoli hill from 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 48 months in 30 hl Slavonian oak barrels; aged 12 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello)
  • Alcohol: 14.5%


97+ Points

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is brooding and powerful, wafting up with a darkly floral mix of sweet mint, smoke and animal musk before a core of black cherry emerges. The textures are like pure, elegant silk, slowly draped across the palate, delivering an array of opulent black and red fruits contrasted by zesty citrus tones and spice. The sheer density here is amazing, but even more impressive is that the 2016 stays in perfect balance from start to finish, tapering off long, structured and classically dry. The Pertimali Riserva is created through a selection in the vineyard, and it spends 48 months refining in oak casks. There will be no Riserva created in 2017 or 2018. 2026 – 2040

Vinous, December, 2021

98 Points

Archetypal sangiovese with cherry and floral aromas as well as sandalwood. Medium- to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Tight and extremely structured yet there’s an impressive finesse and craftsmanship here. Fine velvety texture. Give it three to four years. Try after 2024., February, 2022

97 Points

Enticing and harmonious, this red is saturated with blackberry, black currant, violet and mineral flavors. Intense and focused, even racy rather than concentrated and powerful, with a solid structure and lingering aftertaste. Terrific length. Best from 2025 through 2045.

Wine Spectator, June, 2022

94 Points

Classically crafted, this opens with earthy aromas of forest floor, woodland berries, leather, violet and crushed black olive. Savory and elegantly structured, the lithe palate features ripe Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise, truffle and the same black olive note from the nose. Taut, polished tannins and fresh acidity keep it balanced. Drink 2026–2031.

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2022

95 Points

The Sassetti Livio Pertimali 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva reveals thick textural fiber and determined power. A core of dark fruit and black cherry is framed by spice, toast, pressed rose and earthy garden soil. It moves over the palate with a creamy, full-bodied approach. With 5,000 bottles made, this Riserva ages in Slavonian oak casks for a generous 48 months. That prolonged aging could have dried out the tannins, but this wine skirts past that problem. 2024 – 2040

© Wine Advocate, February, 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