Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 'Sugarille'
Gaja's top single vineyard Brunello Sugarille from the eagerly anticipated 2015 vintage. Having a world renowned reputation for their Barbaresco wines, Gaja originally purchased 16 hectares in Montalcino, in the hamlet of Santa Resituta in the 1990s, later adding a further 9 hectares in the north of the zone, near Torrenieri. This wine is made from one single parcel of vines planted on galestro soils, the most desirable rock formation in the zone, a kind of broken down shale. Galestro makes the most complex, fine, and ageworthy Brunellos.
"The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is a gorgeous, feminine Brunello. It offers up fresh red berries, woodland in nature, with dusty florals and white smoke, turning more savory in the glass, hinting at coffee grinds, yet understated and refined throughout. On the palate, velvety textures nearly envelope a solid core of structural heft, which are perceived yet hardly felt until the finale. The purest blackberry, licorice, sage and savory spices remain throughout its long and dramatic finish, as grippy tannins emerge beneath a cloak of dark florals and crushed wildberry fruit. The 2015 Sugarille is a little untamed in its early going, but I’m imagining that quite a wine will emerge over the next five to ten years." Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020