Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2016
JS97: A fantastic nose to this with currant, sage, rosemary and rose-petal character. Sweet tobacco and spicy chocolate, too. Very complex. The palate shows lovely depth of fruit with blackberries, blackcurrants and fine tannins. It’s racy and refined with a direct, focused palate. Just a baby. A blend of cabernet sauvignon 60%, merlot 32% and petite verdot 8%. This needs at least two or three years to soften.
WA96: The Fattoria le Pupille 2018 Saffredi borrows quite a bit from all of the grapes that make up the blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot). These balanced results open to a round bouquet of dark fruit, black cherry and plum. As the wine warms in the glass, it shows spice, cured tobacco and campfire embers. This is a full-bodied expression, but not excessively so. It puts forth immediate elegance with carefully measured tannins and a fitting postscript of fresh acidity. This newest vintage of Saffredi should be hitting the market now, but if you buy it, you should plan on cellaring it.
Elisabetta Geppetti and her daughter Clara are passionate ambassadors of Tuscany's Maremma region, establishing Fattoria Le Pupille as one of its leading producers.
Saffredi is an iconic wine from two small vineyards sites at 250 meters elevation. Here, unique soils produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot vines. Saffredi has been referred to as the "Lafite of Tuscany."