2008 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino "Pertimali"
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WS 94 points
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Wine Spectator's Top 2008 Brunellos
Wine Retail Price Score
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli $120 95
Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino "Pertimali" $60 94
Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino $95 94
Cerbailoa Brunello di Montalcino Salvioni $210 93
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero $95 93
Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Tentu Greppo $175 92
94-point Brunello di Montalcino: #24 on the Wine Spectator Top 100

"If I had only one Brunello to drink, it would be Pertimali."
— Robert Parker, Jr.

Set on the slopes of Montosoli, arguably the finest of Montalcino's crus, the Pertimali estate has been owned and operated by the Sassetti family for over a century. In the unusually cool 2008 growing season, one in which the top estates put out magnificent, Burgundian-styled Brunellos, the Sassettis turned out a rich, gorgeously delineated Brunello di Montalcino. Sampled at a blind tasting last week in the city, this one speaks far more of Vosne-Romanée than most things Tuscan.

The spring of 2008 was unusually cool and wet, leading to irregular flowering, trimming potential yields by nearly 25 percent before things really got started. The summer then turned dry, even as temperatures remained mild. Late-maturing Sangiovese particularly flourishes in these drawn-out growing seasons, allowing the tight-fisted clusters to mature slowly and incrementally. While the less diligent growers of Montalcino paid a stiff price for not managing crop load and leaf canopies aggressively, the Sassettis shined like rarely before, turning out a stupendous 2008 Brunello di Montalcino that may well trump the family's 97-point 2007.

In October 2013, we thought this one was in the bag. The quantities were set, as was the WineAccess price. Then, a month later, Marvin Shanken and Wine Spectator rained all over our Pertimali parade!

Wine Spectator named the 2008 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino the #24 Wine of 2013, waking up wholesalers from Brooklyn to Hollywood Boulevard. On November 1st, our agreed-upon allocation was 225 cases. On January 1st, it was down to 60.

Brilliant ruby to the rim, infused with luscious aromas of sweet dark cherries, tobacco, and savory herbs. Surprisingly generous for such a cool vintage, richly textured on the attack, filled with a mouthwatering mix of crushed red fruit and wild cherry preserves. Approachable right out of the gate, but like all the great Brunellos of Pertimali, don't be fooled by its youthful hedonism. Wine Spectator suggests this beauty won't be at its peak until sometime in 2035!



Tasting Notes

2008 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino "Pertimali"
"Aromatic, suave and silky, boasting aromas and flavors of flowers, cherry, strawberry and leather, all boosted by bright acidity and firm, well-integrated tannins. Refined and long, with a lingering finish of mineral and spice. Best from 2016 through 2035. 700 cases imported."
94 points -- Wine Spectator

"Brilliant ruby to the rim, infused with luscious aromas of sweet dark cherries, tobacco, and savory herbs. Surprisingly generous for such a cool vintage, richly textured on the attack, filled with a mouthwatering mix of crushed red fruit and wild cherry preserves. Approachable right out of the gate, but like all the great Brunellos of Pertimali, don't be fooled by its youthful hedonism. This one will still be going strong well into the late 2020s."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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