Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Dieci – 2007

Region: ITALY - TUSCANY Italy - Veneto

Sassetti Pertimali

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.

Reviews

93 Points

Released one decade after the harvest, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Dieci is a one-off wine meant to celebrate an exceptional vintage. The aging process sees 48 months in large Slavonian oak casks and the wine then rests in the bottle for the remaining years before its release. Only 8,000 bottles are available. The bouquet clearly shows tertiary aromas of licorice and tar, but the wine also has dark berry and dried cherry at its core. The finish is smooth and silky. The tannins have had considerable time to integrate. The wine still has life within and should continue its slow evolution. Drink 2017 – 2025

© Wine Advocate, May, 2017
91 Points

Very deep ruby; this is a little dark for my idea of what a 100% Sangiovese wine and an 11-year-old wine should look like. Spicy sweet chocolate and flinty aromas complement ripe red cherry on the forward nose. Then harmonious but lively acidity and still-chewy tannins nicely frame and support the flinty blue and black fruit flavors. Finishes with a hint of allspice and underbrush. Only 4,000 bottles of this wine were made; it is the 2007 Brunello normale (not riserva) that was kept in the estate cellars (in oak and then bottle) for 10 years and is being now put on the market as a library release. (By contrast, the 2006 vintage, the majority of Brunellos of which were characterized by longer staying power than the riper 2007s, will be released on its 20th birthday and will be sold as 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Venti.) This 2007 is an outstanding wine but I am docking it a point for its color.

Vinous - Ian D'Agata, April, 2018
95 Points

A silky and pretty wine with sliced berry, light chocolate powder and hazelnut. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins. Lovely cedar, sandalwood and tobacco flavors at the finish. A beauty. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2016
93 Points

Pertimali’s 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Dieci leads off with balsamic-infused black cherry and sweet strawberry, along with minty herbs, as notes of damp earth, crushed stone, and dried floral tones build. On the palate, soft, almost-fleshy textures usher in ripe red and black fruits, giving way to saturating minerality and spice, with slow-mounting tannins firming the experience, as inner florals toward the close provide lift. There are depths here that are yet unseen, the wine having been reserved in barrels for this release, yet I don’t find that the extended aging gets at all in the way; instead it balances the ripeness of the vintage. Even with its tannic clout, the 2007 Dieci is drinking beautifully today, and I expect that it would open even further if decanted. Fans of the Pertimali style will not be disappointed. 2020 – 2032

Vinous, April, 2020
95 Points

A light smoky, sandalwood aroma leads off, followed by flavors of cherry, blackberry, iron, tea and burnished leather. Ripe, complex and balanced, with well-integrated tannins and a lingering aftertaste of smoke and autumn woods. Drink now through 2030.

Wine Spectator, October, 2020
95 Points

The Dieci is a special bottling of Brunello that was released ten years after the vintage to commemorate the excellence of the 2007 vintage. The wine spent one year of its elevage in tank, followed by four years in thirty-three hundred liter Slavonian oak botti. It then spent another five years of bottle aging prior to release. The wine comes in at fourteen percent octane and offers up a beautifully refined aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, spit-roasted venison, a touch of orange peel, cigar wrapper, brown spices, a complex base of soil, a dollop of fresh oregano, cloves, a nice touch of oak and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully transparent in personality, with an excellent core of fruit, fine-grained tannins, still good acids and impeccable balance on the long, complex and very elegant finish. This is an utterly refined bottle of Brunello that is starting to approach its apogee of peak drinkability at fifteen years of age, but still has some tannin on the backend and will continue to cruise along magically for decades to come. Great juice. 2022 – 2055

View From The Cellar, November, 2022