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Wine Spectator: 95 Points for 2015 Rennina Brunello di Montalcino


Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded a score of 95 points to Pieve Santa Restituta 2015 Rennina Brunello di Montalcino. 

95 points
“Aromatic, evoking wild herb and balsamic notes of juniper, thyme and pine, along with flavors of black cherry, plum and iron. Firmly structured and fresh, offering a long, complex aftertaste. Unfolds pleasantly and maintains balance. Best from 2023 through 2043. 550 cases imported.”

Wine Spectator: 94 Points for 2015 Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino


Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 94 points to Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2015

“A concentrated, muscular red, featuring a dense matrix of tannins that squeezes the black cherry and black currant flavors today, with tar and iron notes chiming in. Finishes on the gruff side. Overall, this is balanced and long. Be patient. Best from 2024 through 2043. 450 cases imported.”

Wine Spectator: 2013 Rennina Awarded 93 Points


93 points: Pieve Santa Restituta 2013 Rennina (Brunello di Montalcino)

This is fragrant, offering cherry, leather, floral and spice notes. On the palate, this remains fresh, with persistent flavors and fine harmony. Dusty tannins pull everything together on the finish. There’s plenty of energy here. Best from 2021 through 2035.”- Bruce Sanderson.

Wine Enthusiast: 94 Pts for 2013 Rennina


94 points: Pieve Santa Restituta 2013 Rennina (Brunello di Montalcino)

This perfumed Brunello offers enticing scents of pressed violet, rose, talcum powder, wild berry, eucalyptus and a whiff of exotic spice. On the structured palate, firm fine-grained tannins provide support for dried black cherry, licorice, vanilla and a hint of espresso. Drink from 2023 through 2033.”- Kerin O’Keefe.

Wine Enthusiast: 96 Pts for 2013 Sugarille


96 points: Pieve Santa Restituta 2013 Sugarille (Brunello di Montalcino) – Cellar Selection

Underbrush, new leather, wild herb and dark-skin berry aromas meld with balsamic whiffs of eucalyptus. The full-bodied firmly structured palate evokes raspberry compote, black cherry marinated in spirits, tobacco and star anise set against a backbone of close-grained tannins. This will age for decades. Drink 2023–2043.”- Kerin O’Keefe.

WS: Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille 2013 Gets 94 Points


Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille 2013 – 94 Points

“A mix of sweet plum, cherry, bouillon and graphite aromas and flavors, all backed by a solid structure, this is dense and tightly wound, with terrific balance and a long, focused finish. Best from 2022 through 2036,” – B.S.

Brunello di Montalcino 2012


Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino D.O.P.

Grape variety: 100% Sangiovese.

The quality obtained in 2012 from several vineyards has not been quite up to our standards. Therefore, following a long established tradition, we decided to sell in bulk part of the wine produced and to sacrifice the bottling of Rennina and Sugarille for a better BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO 2012. This is the only wine released from the Pieve Santa Restituta winery in this harvest.

Climate and harvest: The weather trend of the 2012 vintage featured a mild winter season combined with a dry springtime and a warm summer. Beneficial rainfalls came by the end of August 2012, leading to a positive decrease of the temperature. This helped the vines in their physiological cycle and thus the regular ripening of the grapes. The harvest began on September 10 and ended on September 29. There has been a 10% production loss compared with previous years. The Brunello 2012 displays intense color, good structure and bright acidity.

Vineyards:  A small part of the grapes from the Rennina and Sugarille vineyards are blended with those from the nine-hectare Vineyard in Torrenieri, in the north-eastern area of Montalcino. The soil in Torrenieri is a mixture of clay, tufa and sand while thesoil in Rennina and Sugarille is clayey-calcareous.

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. First vintage produced 2005.

Tasting notes: The Brunello 2012 shows a deep garnet color. The bouquet features layered notes of spices and balsamic herbs such as anise, clove, and juniper. In a second moment the fruit opens up with notes of black cherry and ripe plum. Final hints of hazelnut and fresh almond. The palate shows dense savory notes of tar refreshed by precise and sweet tannins. Overall, the medium structure and the balance featured in the Brunello 2012 lead to great drinkability combined with serious ageing potential.

Outstanding Reviews for 2011 Sugarille, Rennina from International Wine Report

In a new tasting report on 2011 Brunello, Sugarille and Rennina have received outstanding reviews from International Wine Report:

GAJA Brunello di Montalcino ‘Sugarille’ 2011
94 Points
The 2011 ‘Sugarille’ Brunello di Montalcino is a absolutely seductive showing. It instantly opens with alluring aromas of black cherries and blackberries woven together with spices, floral, hazelnut and even hints of licorice which all come together and burst from the glass. This possesses a rich, polished texture with remarkable overall balance and depth as it expands beautifully onto the long lingering finish. In terms of style, this leans more to the modern side, but without question a well-made wine and extremely impressive Brunello from Angelo Gaja which will age gracefully for years to come. (Best 2018-2031)

GAJA Brunello di Montalcino ‘Rennina’ 2011
93 Points
The 2011 ‘Rennina’ Brunello di Montalcino presents a completely modern style, with loads of ripe dark fruit. As this instantly opens, it releases aromas of black cherries and blackberries woven together with spices, floral, leather and even hints of white truffle and vanilla all taking shape in the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied with a polished, yet muscular backbone and notable depth as it heads into the long finish. When tasting the 2011’s from Angelo Gaja side by side, I found the ‘Sugarille’ to be the more complete wine of the two, however ‘Rennina’ was the more expressive wine at this stage. (Best 2016-2029)

The International Wine Report’s full 2011 Brunello report is available online here.

95 Points for Sugarille, 94 for Rennina from Wine Advocate

Great reviews just in from the Wine Advocate!

2011 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille
95 points
A bit closed at first, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille sees fruit harvested from a five-hectare cru site with galestro limestone soils and all-southern exposures. Despite the initial shyness of the bouquet, this wine ultimately shows a more profound and elegant approach in this warm vintage. It just takes a little longer to get there. The nose offers a full spectrum of fruit, floral and earthy tones that speak so highly of this all-Sangiovese appellation. The wine is smooth and rich in terms of density with beautiful firmness at the bac

2011 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina
94 points
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina is made from a blend of fruit from three different vineyard parcels. The sites total 25 hectares, with 15 located next to the church, or the Pieve, after which this estate is named. The sites have southwest exposures and different soil types. That flexibility explains the smooth and seamless bouquet offered by this wine. Compared to the single vineyard Sugarille expression, Rennina is more open and immediate. The wine presents fleshy and beautifully plump aromas of red cherry, dried blackberry and exotic spice with tobacco and chocolate at the back.

Notes on the 2011 Vintage and Wines

Weather conditions
The 2011 vintage began in typical fashion, with rainfall and temperatures around average through the springtime. This steady weather trend continued into the summer, punctuated by some heat spikes in July and then even more in the middle of August, driven by warm winds. The flowering and the setting of the berries was standard. The vegetative development was regular until July, when the vigor of the plants slowed due to the warm temperatures and the dry Scirocco winds. The spring rains and constant attention to the different management needs of each soil type helped counterbalance the effects of the heat. The harvest began on August 31 and ended on October 10.

Leaf coverage was maintained, but those grapes too exposed and suffering dehydration were eliminated. The strict selection in the vineyards along with overall low yield led to a 30 percent drop in quantity. The grapes showed freshness and bright aromas; fine structure, silky body and juiciness are the key features of this vintage.

gajpievstares-nvlabel300dpi-300pxBrunello di Montalcino 2011
The grapes for Brunello 2011 come from both the vineyard named Deserti, in the area of Torrenieri – located northeast of Montalcino village – and from a selection of Rennina and Sugarille vineyards that surround the church of Santa Restituta, southwest of Montalcino village. Deserti vineyard has northwest and southwest exposures, and its soil is a well-balanced mix of sand, clay and tuff. The area is windy and characterized by significant night-and-day temperature variation.

The 2011 Brunello opens with a bouquet of wildflowers and red berries, followed by fresh balsamic notes, notably sweet licorice and thyme. The palate is very clean, with flavors of fresh plum and red cherry, well integrated wood aromas and silky tannins.

Rennina 2011
Rennina is a blend of three vineyards:
1. Pian dei Cerri, with a southeast exposure and high amounts of galestro (a type of sedimentary schist);
2. Castagno Vecchio, with a southwest exposure, mainly sandy-stony soil and less clay;
3. and Santo Pietro, with a southwest exposure, clay and tuff soil with sporadic traces of sand.

All these vineyards surround the Santa Restituta Church. This area is historically called Rennina, and the wine take its name from it.

The Rennina 2011 displays an open floral nose, rich in dog-rose and pansy flower notes with a hint of aromatic herbs and spices, in particular juniper and white pepper. The juicy palate features of fresh red fruit, acidity and alcohol are well balanced. Firm and fine tannins lead to a fresh finish.


Sugarille 2011
From the homonymous south-exposed vineyard, 1 km from Santa Restituta Church. This is the historic vineyard of the estate, mentioned in the church inventory dated 1547. The soil of Sugarille is quite different from the rest of the estate – deeper and more compact, displaying a calcareous and marl composition and a significant presence of galestro.

This is the most compact and austere of the three Brunello from Pieve Santa Restituta, and Sugarille is the wine that requires the longest ageing. Intense notes of resin, sweet tobacco, ink and a final hue of flint make way for a concentrated palate of meaty aromas, black cherry and spices. Rich and long finish, with perceivable but elegant wood notes.