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Ruddy-cheeked, silver-tongued Livio Sassetti has a portly stature, permanently wide grin and generally displays all the symptoms of a man whose work is his life and one that he loves. One son, Lorenzo, takes care of business matters, another son, Luciano, helps look after vineyard and winery. This is a truly family business and what a formidable one it is too! The Brunello is as bold and engaging as one would expect but also betrays great refinement, balance and complexity, coming from the south-west facing slopes of the Montosoli hill – a zone that produces Brunello with more finesse than most examples. The Vigna Fili di Seta is a sturdy Super Tuscan blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak barriques. The Sassettis also de-classify some of their Brunello wine and label it as Rosso di Montalcino, aged for a year as opposed to three, it parades impressive body clarity and depth of fruit.

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