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1997 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino

  • 92 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 83 JR
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SKU: 45350-1997-750

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  • Rating: 92

    ($60) Saturated, almost inky garnet. Forceful underbrush aromas of mushrooms, damp soil and road tar. Fresh flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate and anise are nicely framed by firm, mouthcoating tannins. A full-bodied and plump wine with a wonderful sense of minerality on the sustained finish. (Marc de Grazia; importers include Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)
    Author: Edward Beltrami
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Balanced and refined. Very floral, with ripe fruit and a fresh undertone. Full-bodied, with well-polished tannins. A beauty. Still needs time. 1,200 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Dark ruby. The super-refined 1997 Brunello offers lovely sweet cherry fruit, earth and smoke notes with outstanding length on the palate and a soft, creamy texture. Immensely appealing today it also appears to have another decade of prime drinking ahead of it.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Aug-06
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Deep crimson. Sweet, full, smooth and rich, but with good acidity. Residual sugar. Residual sweetness and acidity in okay balance, but not enough in the middle. Flattering, but no real savour.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2001-2019
    Author: Ron C815
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Bryan F282
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Zarm
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 1997-2015
    Author: Steve and Lizzie
  • Self | Rating: 92

    One of the most promising wines of the flight, as this effort appreciably improved with exposure to air. A very floral, attractive nose that cast an array of crushed lilacs, Asian spices, and dark berry fruits upon the taster. The wine built in strength and power in the palate, time allowed the fruit to gain in richness, softening the wines chocolaty tannic structure. I believe this wine has some positive evolution ahead of it.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - Wedding gift from Dan
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 88

    this was a bad bottle that showed less well than the one I had a few years ago. Nose was nice, but was austere and thin on the palate. Should have been better.
    Author: Neal
One of the greatest of all Brunelli hails from the tiny Pertimali estate, nestled on a slope in the prime Montosoli cru to the northeast of Montalcino, where the Sassetti family has produced wine and olive oil for more than a century. The Montosoli hill is historically reputed for wines that are a perfect balance of the power of southern Montalcino with the finesse of the north. Where most producers own properties in both zones and blend to achieve that balance, in Montosoli, nature does all of the work. In the vineyard and in the cellar, father Livio and his two sons combine the best of both innovation and tradition, taking advantage of modern equipment and winemaking but also observing natural phenomena such as the phases of the moon. The result is wines with rich, deep, and often exotically perfumed fruit, more akin to the style of Burgundy. In addition to Brunello and Rosso, Pertimali also produces the lush Super-Tuscan "Vigna Fili di Seta," a barrique-aged blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet. Beginning with the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino, the label now emphasizes the proprietor's name, Livio Sassetti, rather than the estate name, Pertimali.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 709 bottles owned
  • 147 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 147 collectors)