Sassetti Pertimali

Montecucco Rosso DOC La Querciolina – 2019

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

90 Points

The Sassetti family’s Montecucco is a relatively new bottling, which they craft from property that they have purchased along the coast in Maremma. The wine is composed entirely from sangiovese and spends six months élevage in large, Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. The 2019 Montecucco Rosso comes in at 14.5 percent octane and shows off a lovely, ripe and complex aromatic constellation of cherries, plums, cigar smoke, brown spices, a lovely base of soil, discreet notes of cedar from the botti and a fine array of Indian-like spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely transparent down to its soil element, with a good core of fruit, moderate, buried tannins, fine focus and a long, complex and well balanced finish. This is really very lovely wine that is already quite approachable, but will be even better with a few years in the cellar to more properly soften up those backend tannins. Good juice. 2023- 2040

View From The Cellar, November, 2023