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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Region
  • Italy
  • Italy - Tuscany
Style
  • Red Wine
Varietal
  • Sangiovese

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Located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, the Pieve Santa Restituta estate was acquired by the Gaja family in 1994. The estate’s original forty acres of vineyards are located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation.   The white, rocky soils of this area were abandoned by the share-cropper mezzadri farmers long ago: while other crops struggled in the rugged, nutrient-poor terrain of this area, it has proven ideal for the cultivation of grapes destined to become fine wine.

The estate takes its name from the parish church (pieve in Italian) of Saint Restituta- Pieve Santa Restituta. The church on the Gaja family’s estate represents a truly unique example of medieval Christian architecture and art.  The Gaja family has worked painstakingly to restore this beautiful and remarkable house of worship.  The unique history of Pieve Santa Restituta is honored on the label artwork for the estate wines.

In 2006, the Gaja family acquired an additional twenty five acres of southward facing vineyards in the northeastern subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation.  GAJA also recently completed the installation of its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. The cellar lies below the ground and covers 4,000 square meters.  It incorporated the existing cellar and was conceived so as to impact the environment as little as possible.

Pieve Santa Restituta produces a classic, blended Brunello di Montalcino and two vineyard-designated wines, Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina.

Tasting Note

For the 2012 vintage, Gaja combined the best lots from their estate to produce this single Brunello bottling, Pieve Santa Restituta. The color is clear garnet with tawny glints; it is starting to show a faint hint of age. The fragrance commingles leather, sweet tobacco, blackberries, anise seed, and fresh fennel. The structure is sueded and relaxed, like brewed tea stained with savory red fruits. At the finish there is a suggestion of dried pine needles, earthy and forest-inflected.

Elegantly stitched together, delicious, and ready to drink now. Pair it with harvest foods that evoke the woods: game birds, venison, aged cheeses, mushrooms.

"The 2012 is a dark, dense seductive beast. Richly fruited with a lush, fragrant bouquet, there is a lot to this wine which reveals the profound, complex notes of a warmer, more exotic vintage in Montalcino. The nose offers up black cherry, kirsch liquor, cherry blossom perfume, and vanilla and licorice stick. There is a massive textural concentration and opulence immediately evident. This might be a first date but it’s not a wine shy to reveal all its assets. Vibrant layers of raisined black cherry, cranberry and forest strawberries emerge in a luxurious, opulent, hedonistic expression. But the wine never looses is varietal typicity of cherry stone fruits, licorice, aniseed root, dark damson plum spice and sweet tannins. Along side all the textural palate richness is a vibrant, fresh, cherry acidity that moves in parallel to the rich, harmonious fruit. A very generous wine that finishes broad and long with the most pretty bruleed, aniseed and white toast finish. Drink from release and over 8 to 10 years."
— Greg Sherwood MW

“Mid ruby with some signs of age. Quite opulent Sangiovese nose with hints of tobacco. Seems already quite developed but shows real breeding. A little rich, dense and with fantastic acidity. Modernist, skilful, but big.”
— Jancis Robinson.com

Winemaker Notes

Located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, the Pieve Santa Restituta estate was acquired by the Gaja family in 1994. The estate’s original forty acres of vineyards are located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation.   The white, rocky soils of this area were abandoned by the share-cropper mezzadri farmers long ago: while other crops struggled in the rugged, nutrient-poor terrain of this area, it has proven ideal for the cultivation of grapes destined to become fine wine.

The estate takes its name from the parish church (pieve in Italian) of Saint Restituta- Pieve Santa Restituta. The church on the Gaja family’s estate represents a truly unique example of medieval Christian architecture and art.  The Gaja family has worked painstakingly to restore this beautiful and remarkable house of worship.  The unique history of Pieve Santa Restituta is honored on the label artwork for the estate wines.

In 2006, the Gaja family acquired an additional twenty five acres of southward facing vineyards in the northeastern subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation.  GAJA also recently completed the installation of its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. The cellar lies below the ground and covers 4,000 square meters.  It incorporated the existing cellar and was conceived so as to impact the environment as little as possible.

Pieve Santa Restituta produces a classic, blended Brunello di Montalcino and two vineyard-designated wines, Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina.

Tasting Note

For the 2012 vintage, Gaja combined the best lots from their estate to produce this single Brunello bottling, Pieve Santa Restituta. The color is clear garnet with tawny glints; it is starting to show a faint hint of age. The fragrance commingles leather, sweet tobacco, blackberries, anise seed, and fresh fennel. The structure is sueded and relaxed, like brewed tea stained with savory red fruits. At the finish there is a suggestion of dried pine needles, earthy and forest-inflected.

Elegantly stitched together, delicious, and ready to drink now. Pair it with harvest foods that evoke the woods: game birds, venison, aged cheeses, mushrooms.

Reviews

"The 2012 is a dark, dense seductive beast. Richly fruited with a lush, fragrant bouquet, there is a lot to this wine which reveals the profound, complex notes of a warmer, more exotic vintage in Montalcino. The nose offers up black cherry, kirsch liquor, cherry blossom perfume, and vanilla and licorice stick. There is a massive textural concentration and opulence immediately evident. This might be a first date but it’s not a wine shy to reveal all its assets. Vibrant layers of raisined black cherry, cranberry and forest strawberries emerge in a luxurious, opulent, hedonistic expression. But the wine never looses is varietal typicity of cherry stone fruits, licorice, aniseed root, dark damson plum spice and sweet tannins. Along side all the textural palate richness is a vibrant, fresh, cherry acidity that moves in parallel to the rich, harmonious fruit. A very generous wine that finishes broad and long with the most pretty bruleed, aniseed and white toast finish. Drink from release and over 8 to 10 years."
— Greg Sherwood MW

“Mid ruby with some signs of age. Quite opulent Sangiovese nose with hints of tobacco. Seems already quite developed but shows real breeding. A little rich, dense and with fantastic acidity. Modernist, skilful, but big.”
— Jancis Robinson.com