Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "Deep red-ruby. Delicate aromas of flinty red cherry and herbs complicated by hints of mocha and lifted by a bright violet topnote. Dense, rich and concentrated but light on its feet, offering a very polished mouthfeel thanks to serious but noble tannins that nicely frame the refined, steely red fruit flavors. Finishes long and very elegant. Just like the 2013 Brunello Rennina, this also has 15% alcohol but is so well balanced that you can hardly tell (unlike with the Rennina). Knockout young Brunello from Gaja, one of the very best in memory. Drink: 2024 - 2034." Apr 2018
Winery: "This is the most compact and austere of the three Brunello from Pieve Santa Restituta, and Sugarille is the wine that requires the longest aging. Intense notes of resin, sweet tobacco, ink and a final hue of flint make way for a concentrated palate of meaty aromas, black cherry and spices. Rich and long finish, with perceivable but elegant wood notes."
Angelo Gaja: Our sommelier tells us that Mr. Gaja is a "standout and pioneer" in the world of winemaking masters, one who has provided inspiration for countless others in the craft. He is credited with developing techniques that have revolutionized winemaking in Italy. Among many other accolades, he has been referred to as "the undisputed king of Barbaresco", and "the man who dragged Piedmont into the modern world". His Barbaresco wine is considered a status symbol on par with Château Lafite-Rothschild or Krug. The reputation of Gaja wines evolved over the years as his uncompromising policy became established. He refused to sell 12,000 cases of 1984 Barbaresco under the Gaja label, opting instead to sell it off in bulk because it did not meet with his satisfaction. Wine Spectator then proclaimed that the 1985 Gaja Barbarescos were "the finest wines ever made in Italy". He received the selection for the 1997 Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award, and for "1998 Decanter Man of the Year". His accolades are too many to list here.
Pieve Santa Restituta estate, where the Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is produced, was founded in 1994. Mr. Gaja continued to apply his unwavering standards to these wines as well, resulting in no bottlings for the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Sugarille Brunello.
|Varietal:||100% Sangiovese Grosso|
|Aging:||12 months in barrique (1st , 2nd & 3rd passage casks; 12 months in botti (large, 30-year-old casks)|
|Region:||Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|