Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2016 Brunello di Montalcino 'Rennina'
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Gaja's Rennina is sourced from their vineyards in Tavernelle, some of their oldest vines and right in the heart of Montalcino's best locations at around 300 - 350 metres in elevation. Originally this wine was sourced from one single parcel, now it is from 3 parcels namely Pian di Cerni, with a South, South-West exposure; Castagno Vecchio to South-West, and Santo Pietro to the West. All these sites each add a little something to the final wine, making it complete and complex. Of the two 'Cru' wines made in Montalcino by Gaja, Rennina is the more elegant. Gaja makes the analogy that Rennina is the Barbaresco with Sugarille being the Barolo.
Rennina 2016 has impressive depth to the colour with the fruit being incredible dark in character. Beautiful minerality and intensity together with remarkable freshness. Despite what you may have heard about the quality of the 2016s, the wines from this year are nothing like the 2010s, the former seem to be holding back rather than delivering all the goods in one go. Drink from 2025 but you may have to wait a little longer to get it at its true potential.
"Healthy mid ruby. Perfumed, energetic nose of cherry and raspberry with minerally notes and hints of black pepper and perfectly aligned with oak. Transparent and perfumed palate, but not entirely open yet, with finely chiselled long tannins. Gorgeous balance and freshness." Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com, 17.5 Pts
"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." Monica Larner, Robertparker.com, 95+ Pts