Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG – 2012

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.

Grapes / Soils

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 100% Sangiovese Grosso Planted 1988 -2001 clay and sandy on top

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 beginning of October
  • Grapes gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 82-84°F
  • Maceration for 10 – 12 days
  • Aged in 3000 liter Slavonian oak barrels for 48 months
  • Bottle aged for 12 months
Winemaker's Notes

An extremely dense and complex wine with intense dried cherries and spiced flavours. Firmly structured with silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Wine Summary

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 82-84°F for 10 – 12 days; aged 48 months in 3000 lieter Slavonian oak barrels; aged 12 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sangiovese Grosso Brunello grapes
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.5
  • Acidity: 5 g/l
  • Residual sugar: 1.3 g/l
  • Dry extract: 29.5


93 Points

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

Vinous, April, 2020

95 Points

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., April, 2018

94 Points

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

© Wine Advocate, February, 2018

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) Following organic principles, not certified