BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO PIEVE SANTA RESTITUTA - RENNINA ANGELO GAJA 2007
Angelo Gaja is undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in Italian wine. Born in 1940, he took over the family estate created in 1859 in the Langhe hills of Piedmont in 1961. Today he is in charge of about 100 hectares of vineyards and does not buy any grapes from the wine trade. Gaja has made a significant contribution to the international reputation of the great Piedmontese wines, especially Barbaresco and Barolo, by introducing new techniques of vinification and especially of maturation, considered revolutionary for the time because they broke with the practices then in force in the region: selection of the best plots, reduction of yields, maturation in new French oak barrels instead of Yugoslavian oak barrels. His best Barbaresco plots now produce some of the greatest wines in Italy (Sori Tildin, Sori San Lorenzo and Costa Russi). He was also the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc instead of Nebbiolo, against the advice of his peers.
Montalcino is a romantic medieval Tuscan town where the soil, the altitude and the lush topography make it the ideal terrain for the Sangiovanes grape and the famous wine of this area, Brunello di Montalcino.
This wine is probably one of the most beautiful illustrations of the typicality of the wines of Brunello di Montalcino. Angelo Gaja has succeeded in magnifying the Sangiovese that composes it, proposing a wine with a ruby red color, an intensely fruity nose (cherry, almond) and spicy (cinnamon, clove). The mouth is perfectly ripe and chiseled at the same time. It goes without saying that this is a great wine!
This is a very pretty not to mention hugely appealing wine from Pieve Santa Restituta.
Robert Parker gave this bottle a ranking of 94.