1999 Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Rennina 750ml

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1999 Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Rennina
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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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Wine Advocate | 90

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina, essentially the regular bottling, is a fresh ruby-garnet with focused and ripe red currant and wild cherry fruit, attractive notes of tar and wild fennel, and a balanced, vigorous, and well sustained palate. What's missing here? Perhaps the spark, the inspiration which separates a very fine wine from an outstanding one. But perhaps we should stop expecting miracles in every vintage from this producer - he has never claimed, after all, to be able to walk on water.

Author: Daniel Thomases
Issue: 158

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Wine Spectator | 91

Interesting aromas of crushed berries, cedar and green tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with gamy, smoky and fruity flavors. Long finish. Decadent style. Needs to come together with some bottle age. Solid red.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 92
Author: Taylode
Tasted On: 10/15/2011
Score: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Rennina:

1996 (750ml)

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Plain and simple, Angelo Gaja is the biggest name in Italian wine. The Gaja winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family, with Angelo Gaja running the operation since the 1960s. Angelo is credited with modernizing Barbaresco and Barolo wines, having pioneered the use of controlled-temperature fermentation (for reducing oxidation) and small-cask aging (to stabilize color and preserve fruitiness). Gaja is most well-known for his Barbarescos, though the three most sought-after wines, Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo have recently been reclassified from Barbaresco DOCG to Langhe DOC, giving Gaja more flexibility in the winemaking process. Strikingly profound and built to live for decades, Gaja's wines display opulence and elegance unmatched elsewhere in Italy. These wines, while harnessing modern technology, have a long-established track record, ensuring they will perform well both in the glass and on the auction block. For any collector considering Italian wines, Gaja should be the first name on the list.

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