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Jeb Dunnuck Reviews New Releases from GAJA

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Jeb Dunnuck has published a special report reviewing the new releases from GAJA.

Highlights from Dunnuck’s report include:

“This article looks at the new releases from the Gaja family and includes their flagship Barbaresco and Barolo releases as well as their releases from Pieve Santa Restituta and Ca’Marcanda.”

“Looking at the Gaja releases, these come mostly from the 2017 vintage, which was a challenging, scorching hot year that made reaching full phenolic ripeness difficult. The 2017s possess lighter colors, more streamlined textures, and present, firm tannins.”

“The Pieve Santa Restituta estate was acquired by the Gaja family in 1994 and is located in the southwest portion of Brunello di Montalcino, a region known for producing structured, concentrated wines. I was able to taste their Brunello Rennina and Brunello Sugarille, both showing beautifully yet with distinctly different styles. While the Rennina comes from a handful of vineyards and shows an upfront, expressive style, the Sugarille comes from a single site of more white, rocky, limestone soils and is a darker, more black-fruited expression of Brunello. Both wines show the ripe, sunny, sexy style of the vintage nicely.” 

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points for 2015 Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino

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Jeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 96 points to 2015 Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino.

“A darker, more smoky, black-fruited effort than the Rennina, the 2015 Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille offers up awesome roasted herbs, licorice, graphite, and woodsmoke aromatics, full-bodied richness, silky tannins, and a terrific sense of elegance that comes through with time in the glass. This is another layered, perfectly balanced wine from the team at Gaja that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points for 2015 Rennina Brunello di Montalcino

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Jeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 96 points to 2015 Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina Brunello di Montalcino.

“Coming from a handful of vineyards, the 2015 Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina has a gorgeous, classic bouquet of ripe black cherries, redcurrants, dried earth, baking spices, and a hint of licorice. Beautifully balanced on the palate, with full-bodied richness and plenty of oomph, it offers silky tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and just flawless balance. This rock star Brunello is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and deliver two decades of prime drinking.”

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Wine Advocate: 95+ Points for 2016 Rennina Brunello di Montalcino

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Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 95+ points to 2016 Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina Brunello di Montalcino.

“The Pieve Santa Restituta 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina (with 15,000 bottles produced) offers intensity and beautifully concentrated fruit. The bouquet reveals layers of wild cherry, rose, blue flower and candied orange peel. However, if you are expecting a more subdued Rennina, that’s not what you get in this classic 2016 vintage. The wine is buzzing with energy and vitality, with a lifted and an especially brilliant set of aromas. You might also detect a hint of fresh peppercorn or coriander seed that gives the wine a veil of the exotic.”

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Wine Advocate: 95 Points for 2016 Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino

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Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 95 points to 2016 Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino.

“The Pieve Santa Restituta 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille opens to the dark, fruity intensity that defines this five-hectare site with schistous clay galestro-rich soils. Sugarille always shows more heft and density, and this impression is amplified in a balanced vintage such as 2016. But with the memory of the 2015 vintage fresh in my mind, I feel that this edition is slightly lither and more streamlined in terms of mouthfeel. The tannins are direct and linear, but the fruit padding is lessened compared to the slightly warm 2015 vintage. In most cases, I prefer 2016 to 2015, but in the case of Sugarille (a 10,000-bottle release), I give a tiny upper hand to the older vintage thanks to its increased complexity and richer textural fiber.”