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2016 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti), Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany

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“100 Point Brunello special!”

"Loads Going On... Crazy Finish." James Suckling

By David Gettenberg

If you could only enjoy one Brunello this season, the 2016 Pertimali Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino would be it.    

Pertimali has an outstanding reputation and history.  It was the highest-rated and #1 Brunello of the 2012 vintage.  2010 was another 100-pointer and a former Wine Spectator Top 100 wine.  

No wonder Robert Parker declared, "If I had only one Brunello to drink it would be Pertimali."

"Blackberries, black walnuts and black cherries, as well as loads of chewy tannins. Some smoked wood, wood tannins and even black truffles. It’s full-bodied and powerful with loads going on. It just keeps growing on the palate. So much wet earth and black olive at the finish with porcini mushrooms, too... Crazy finish.James Suckling

Why Is Pertimali A Perennial Favorite Of Ours?

You can't deny the consistency coming from this estate.  We've featured Pertimali countless times over the past decade for a good reason; it is among the blue chips and a wine that separates itself from the pack regardless of press or vintage accolades.

Sitting high on the famed Montosoli hill of Montalcino, this Brunello has beautiful aromas, vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and ultra-fine tannins.  Regardless of vintage, it boasts signature notes of dried figs, dark cherry, and hints of walnuts.

In any vintage, Pertimali Brunello is a must-have; in this vintage, it is a cellar necessity.

Quantities are limited.  

Enjoy!

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Press & Tasting Notes
100

“Loads going on... Crazy finish.”

James Suckling • 100 / 100

"Blackberries, black walnuts and black cherries, as well as loads of chewy tannins. Some smoked wood, wood tannins and even black truffles. It’s full-bodied and powerful with loads going on. It just keeps growing on the palate. So much wet earth and black olive at the finish with porcini mushrooms, too. Needs time to soften. Crazy finish."

97

“This is a gorgeous vintage for Pertimali.”

Vinous • 97 / 100

"A beguiling display of spiced orange peels, sour cherry and mint pull you closer to the glass, where notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove and sage reside. It’s dangerously soft and supple at first sip with fleshy red fruits and sweet spices blanketing the palate; yet beneath this soothing mix, a complex web of minerals and fine tannin slowly saturate. That said, there’s a lively bolt of acidity which maintains freshness in spite of the 2016’s heroic structure. Inner florals resonate along with a hint of white pepper, as it tapers off with classic austerity. This is a gorgeous vintage for Pertimali."

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More Information
  • Producer: Pertimali (Livio Sassetti)
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Subregion: Brunello di Montalcino
  • Varietal: Sangiovese
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W00934-2016-750