1997 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) - Brunello di Montalcino 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | 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: Issue 103

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - Wedding gift from Dan

Rating: 96
Author: Steve and Lizzie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/22/2015
Drink Dates: 1997-2015

Rating: 93
Author: Zarm
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 02/09/2012

Rating: 93
Author: Bryan F282
Tasted On: 01/02/2014

Rating: 92
Author: Jason R
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2005-2010

Average rating: 90, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

915 bottles owned by 268 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Sangiovese


Italyâ??s most popular grape, Sangiovese is the top grape used in Tuscany including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many of Italyâ??s â??Super Tuscans.â?? At least 14 clones of Sangiovese exist which are grouped into the Sangiovese grosso and Sangiovese piccolo families. Sangiovese thrives in a warm climate and consists of over 10% of Italyâ??s vineyard acreage (covering almost a quarter million acres). Over the past decade Sangiovese has become increasingly popular and successful in California as well. Typical descriptors for Sangiovese include candied or dried cherry, citrus, leather, violets and tea.

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