1995 Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Rennina 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 90   WS 90   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

1995 was the first vintage where Angelo Gaja had total control over the viticulture and vinification of these Brunello di Montalcinos. This wine is spectacular, and among the finest I tasted from this vintage. The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina's dense dark ruby/garnet color is followed by a superb nose of chocolate, mocha, cedar, smoke, jammy berry, cherry, and strawberry fruit. This full-bodied, sweet, ageworthy offering exhibits super-extraction as well as high tannin. Flamboyant, it will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades. This is an exceptionally impressive Brunello from Angelo Gaja.

Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 130

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Solid, dark garnet. Open, expansive aromas of plum and tar; fresh and lightly smoky. Very good weight and volume on the palate, with the acidity and firm tannins providing shape and vigor. Finishes with some warming alcohol and noteworthy texture.

Author: Daniel Thomases
Issue: Issue 91

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Gorgeous red. Enticing aromas of spice, berry, leather and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate with silky tannins and a long, long finish. 1,830 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2006
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/14/2012
deep red, leather, full middle

Rating: 92
Author: TJR1
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2015
excellent. round fruit with a bitter cherry hint + herbal scents of rosemary and lavender. strong tar / earthy character. not overly oaky

Rating: 87
Author: Russell D
Tasted On: 09/27/2008
rather tannic; will it ever open up?

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

179 bottles owned by 64 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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Wine Varietal: Sangiovese

Italyâ??s most popular grape, Sangiovese is the top grape used in Tuscany including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many of Italyâ??s â??Super Tuscans.â?? At least 14 clones of Sangiovese exist which are grouped into the Sangiovese grosso and Sangiovese piccolo families. Sangiovese thrives in a warm climate and consists of over 10% of Italyâ??s vineyard acreage (covering almost a quarter million acres). Over the past decade Sangiovese has become increasingly popular and successful in California as well. Typical descriptors for Sangiovese include candied or dried cherry, citrus, leather, violets and tea.

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