4.2 Vivino Stars (130+ Ratings)
In the world of wine, there are followers, and there are leaders. Montalcino’s Sassetti is among the leaders! This fourth-generation producer is a world-class benchmark for Brunello reds, having been among the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino back in 1967, when the region’s winemaking regulations were still being written into law. Combined with a Brunello vintage that James Suckling said “nobody should miss,” this 2015 Sessetti Livio sets the quality bar high and then nails that bar firmly into place with its savory, floral, complex nose and rich, round palate. A true benchmark, from a benchmark producer. And it’s yours for $35 off SRP, while Vivino’s mere 20 cases last.
James Suckling 98 Points
There’s something ethereal in the nose with flowers, cherries, strawberries and shitake mushrooms. Full body. This grows on the palate with super tannin and fruit structure. So much berry flavor and round, caressing tannins that fill your mouth. Tight at the end. This needs four to five years to show its true greatness. Try after 2023.
Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
Aromas of woodland berry, pine forest, truffle and dried herb emerge from the glass in this fragrant red. Full in weight but refined, the accessible palate offers dried cherry, black tea, star anise and a dollop of vanilla alongside polished tannins before a minty finish. Reflecting the hot vintage, it’s already approachable but still offers good midterm aging potential. Drink 2021–2027.
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