2003 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) - Brunello di Montalcino 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($85) Full, fresh red. Subtly complex aromas of currant, plum, mocha, nutty oak and woodsy underbrush. Suave and fine-grained, with surprising freshness to the dark berry flavors in light of the rather low-toned nose. Not a hugely fleshy wine but boasts an understated density and very good life in the mouth-and gained sweetness with extended aeration. Finishes with broad, palate-dusting tannins and excellent length, structure and grip. (A Marc de Grazia Selection; importers include Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 139

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: crowch76
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 03/02/2014
Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Original Case

Rating: 93
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/03/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
delicious wine in its prime.

Rating: 91
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/27/2015

Rating: 89
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/27/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Rather disappointing. Pleasant table wine for a pasta dinner, but nothing to go out searching for.

Rating: 88
Author: storms38
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 01/26/2012
No...don't do it. Tight, tannic, no fruit, decant it for 7 days if you want.....pass!

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

392 bottles owned by 90 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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