Three non-adjacent vineyards surrounding the parish church, in an area called Rennina in ancient times. The south-west facing soil dates back to the Eocene age and mainly consists of sand, tuff and clay. The vines are 25 years old on average. Strikingly elegant aromas of violets, wild roses, roots, followed closely by blueberries, licorice, nutmeg and saffron rise from the glass. This wine has a remarkable structure, with layers of mellow fruit covering all of the mouth. The tannins are firm but silky and the acidity is vivid leading to a long, lingering finish. 96/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Producer Information: Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta
One of Angelo Gaja’s two Tuscan properties, on the site of an old church, Santa Restituta, which dates back to the 4th century. As is the family’s style, theirs is a fusion of modern and traditional winemaking. They also own land on the Buonconvento Northern side of Montalcino and some prestigious lands in the South, a stone’s throw from Sesti. The Northern sites normally go into the Brunello di Montalcino, with Sugarille and Rennina located around the winery on the Southern side of the town being bottled individually as Crus. These three Brunellos from one of the finest names in Italian wine are impeccably crafted and full of
character, finesse and ageability.