New Ian d’Agata scores

From the July/August 2013 issue of International Wine Cellar:

Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja)
Ian D’Agata

2008 Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina ($175) Bright dark red-ruby. Musky aromas of dark cherry, dried herbs and iron pick up a sweet balsamic element with aeration. Supple and sweet, with flavors of dark cherry, minerals and graphite, along with a strong saline quality that lingers nicely on the brightly acidic finish. This is still a baby but holds considerable potential. Rennina is made from a blend of grapes culled from three estate vineyards (Castagno, Santo Pietro and Pian dei Cerri). 
91 (+?)

2008 Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille ($190) Deep ruby-red. Inviting aromas of dark cherry, blueberry, minerals, and violet; the nose is much deeper and more complex than Gaja’s two other Brunellos. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration to offer exceptionally pure and deep flavors of minerally dark berries and plums. Finishes extremely long, suave and saline with an impressive penetrating quality to the nuanced dark fruit and mineral flavors. 93 (+?)


Wine Advocate Scores (June 2013)

Wine Advocate
June 2013 #207

Leave it to Angelo Gaja and his team to make two of the most impressive Brunellos of the vintage. Both wines are magnificent in 2008. As always, the Rennina is the more floral and feminine of the wines, while the Sugarille is built on a firmer structural core. In the past, the two single-vineyard designate Brunellos have been further away in terms of quality, but in 2008 they are much closer. I suspect that has to do with the introduction of new non-vineyard designate Brunello, a wine I did not taste for this article. The Pieve Santa Restituta Brunellos typically offer considerable early appeal, but they have also proven to age exceptionally well.

—Antonio Galloni

Pieve Santa Restituta 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina
93 points

In a vintage where so many wines already appear tired, Gaja’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina jumps from the glass with vibrant aromas and flavors. Violets, black cherries, tobacco, licorice and menthol all appear later, adding further shades of complexity. The tannins are firm yet beautifully integrated. Pieve Santa Restituta fans know than Rennina can be deceptively medium in body, yet it has a great track record for aging. Today, the wine is simply gorgeous. This is one of the few 2008s I would buy to cellar. There is little doubt the Rennina is one of the standouts in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.

Pieve Santa Restituta 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille
94 points

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is also exceptional. Firm tannins support a core of dark, expressive fruit in a wine that impresses for its depth, richness and concentration. Black cherries, tar, licorice, smoke and incense emerge over time as the Sugarille shows its typical brooding personality. Layers of fruit continue to build to the huge, enveloping finish. The Sugarille is another wine clearly built for aging. As is typically the case, the Sugarille is more tannin and vibrant than the Rennina. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.