International Wine Cellar | 94
($117) Dark red-ruby. Superripe yet suave and restrained aromas of liqueur-like currant, nuts, underbrush, marzipan and dried spices, with very subtle oakiness. Juicy, nutty and penetrating, with a deep, pure sweetness but also terrific energy and grip. Mounts and expands impressively on the back half, finishing very long, dense and pure, with a peacock's tail of redcurrant and dried flowers. Showed more sweet oak with extended aeration but has the material and complexity to support it.
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Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Pieve Santa Restituta is GAJ's venture in Brunello di Montalcino. The 40-acre property was purchased in 1994 and now GAJA produces two Brunellos from its holdings. The Rennina is a blend of three separate vineyards while the Sugarille comes from a single vineyard of the same name. The 1999 Rennina is a medium garnet color with lightly pigmented legs. A very full and inviting nose of "polished" new oak, a bit of balsamic vinegar and game, and slightly decayed cherry. Well balanced with integrated acidity and tannin. Good length. More forward than expected but still needs some time to reach full maturity. The wine is raised for one year in barrique, one year in large oak casks, and two years in bottle prior to release.