2016 Gaja Pieve S. Restituta
Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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In the 2016 vintage, Brunellos are complex and captivating. The wines are characterized by deep ruby colors, pure and vivid aromas, they are structured but also fine and gracious with lively freshness and gentle tannins.
Climate and harvest: The 2016 season started slowly, with cool temperatures and frequent rains until June. The summer was mostly warm and dry (average temperature of 35 °C), a unique heavy and refreshing rainfall occurred in August. Strong diurnal temperature exchanges during the ripening period contributed, together with appropriate agronomical techniques, to a slow and even ripening of the grapes. The harvest (with an average temperature of 30 °C) started on September 14th and finished on October 6th.
Tasting notes: 2016 Brunello has a deep and glowing garnet color. It is refreshing and still grapy, with intriguing notes of raspberry and strawberry. Complex and intense on the nose, it shows a well-defined hint of white pepper. The entrance is voluptuous with sweet pure fruit. The tannins are easily detectable but velvety. It is a harmonious and gentile wine, of immediate pleasantness.
Vineyards: Part of the grapes from Rennina and Sugarille vineyards are blended with those from Torrenieri, in the north-eastern area of Montalcino. While the soil in Rennina and Sugarille is clayey-calcareous with high amounts of galestro, the ground in Torrenieri is a mixture of clay, tuff and sand.
Winemaking method: The grapes from the different vineyards ferment and macerate separately for around three weeks. After 24 months of ageing in oak, the wines are blended and then aged for another six months in concrete vats.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino normale is a fabulously plush, concentrated and intense expression of Brunello and represents probably the estate’s best vintage to date. The aromatics are perfumed and detailed showing cherry blossom, violets, vanilla oak spice and ripe dark layers of red and black berries, sweet cherry tobacco, cola and subtle red liquorice notes with just the faintest spearmint menthol top note. On the palate, the tannins are ripe but powerful with broad mouth-coating grip supported by pure cherry and cranberry fruit concentration, hints of balsamic, crystalline fresh acids and a wonderfully long harmonious finish. Distinguished and refined, but showing tremendous breadth, depth and structural power making this a perfect wine for medium to long-term cellaring. Drink from 2024 to 2036+ (Wine Safari Score: 96/100 Greg Sherwood MW)