2015 Livio Sassetti-Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2015
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 98
Wine Enthusiast: 94
International Wine Report: 98
Red Wine


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"I had put a question mark next to my original score for this wine when I first tasted it at the beginning of the year, as that sample appeared very ripe and maybe a bit oxidized. Coming back to the Pertimali - Livio Sassetti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino six months later, I discover a wine that is drier (as opposed to jammy or overtly overripe) but quite intact and balanced overall. The tannins are a bit dusty and so is the fruit, with powered cherry and raspberry flavors. There are tart fruit flavors that give this bottle a better sense of lift and energy, especially compared to that first sample." (WA)

"Pertimali's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is currently understated and youthfully poised, as peppery herbs are joined by young strawberry, with crushed stone minerality and earth tones. On the palate, silky textures usher in a ripe set of red fruits, carried well by juicy acids, and giving way to sweet spice and pretty inner floral notes. The finish is long yet maintains the wine’s fresh and vibrant persona, as hints of fine tannin mingle with wild berries and a pinch of residual acids, making the mouth water. The 2015 may not be a Brunello for the ages, but it sure is very easy to like today. It’s a beautiful wine." (VM)

"There’s something ethereal in the nose with flowers, cherries, strawberries and shitake mushrooms. Full body. This grows on the palate with super tannin and fruit structure. So much berry flavor and round, caressing tannins that fill your mouth. Tight at the end. This needs four to five years to show its true greatness. Try after 2023." (JS)

"Aromas of woodland berry, pine forest, truffle and dried herb emerge from the glass in this fragrant red. Full in weight but refined, the accessible palate offers dried cherry, black tea, star anise and a dollop of vanilla alongside polished tannins before a minty finish. Reflecting the hot vintage, it's already approachable but still offers good midterm aging potential. Drink 2021–2027. -Kerin O’Keefe" (WE)

"The 2015 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino is incredible and one of the top wines from the vintage. Displaying a gorgeous color, with powerful and well-structured nature, it releases notes of red flowers, currants, hibiscus flowers and ripe strawberries that comes together with hints of cola and an earthy character. Displaying extraordinary quality, this young Brunello possesses a medium-to full-bodied, soft tannins, remarkable precision leading up to the stunning finish. Elegant in its subtle concentration with beautiful balance on the palate which makes it accessible even at the early stage. This is striking today but should also have an incredible future ahead, one of the finest wines from the vintage. Drink: 2022-2042." (IWR)

Winery Notes:
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.

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, including a bottle dated to 1915. Faithful to the teachings of his family Livio has over time renewed and expanded the vineyards, preserving the genetic heritage of the old vines and preserving the primigenie characteristics.

In 1999, the Sassetti family acquired property in the Maremma, La Querciolina, within the Montecucco DOC. More recently, they have begun working with a small property in Colle Argento, in the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG region.

Today the estates are managed by Lorenzo Sassetti, Livio’s son, fourth generation family member and acclaimed winemaker. He is joined by his wife Sabina and together they passionately uphold the family name and reputation. All of Lorenzo’s wines have deep roots in their respective terroirs, showcasing his willingness to preserve their traditional features. The wines are invigorating, aromatic, powerful styles that dance on the palate rather than attack it with blunt force. The Sassetti’s “Pertimali” Brunello di Montalcino is a collector’s wine. A benchmark.