Sassetti Pertimali

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG – 2016

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.


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

Unfortunately, the Livio Sassetti – Pertimali winery was one of the most devastated by the April frosts in 2017. However, what was left endured through the harsh summer months in the water-retaining soils of the Montosoli hill. Like other producers in this area, the early September rains and cooler temperatures that followed gave them an advantage, with ideal conditions that lasted until harvest, which started the last week of the month. Still, with healthy but ultra ripe fruit and thick skins, Lorenzo Sassetti chose to keep macerations short. In the end, combining the frost and other challenges of the year, the winery’s production was down by 50%, and this was without making any Rosso or Brunello Riserva. The good news is that this traditional estate continues to show that the unevenness and variation of quality that once existed here is long, long gone. Today’s wines are brilliant examples of Montalcino and Montosoli terroir, as were the many back vintages that were pulled from the cellar during my visit.

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