Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso, 2016, Magnum

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Offering immediate pleasure even now, this shows voluptuous, silky fruit and layers of complexity, finishing with silky tannins. Aromatically a delight. A brilliant contradiction of power and delicacy so typical of fine Brunello.

“If I had to think of one way to universally describe the majority of wines from the 2016 vintage, I would offer that they are like a well-muscled black stallion in its prime. They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured. These are wines that capture your imagination; and no matter how youthfully tense they are today, you simply can’t help but revisit a glass over and over again; because in many cases, the aromatics alone are intoxicating. I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish.” Eric Guido, Vinous, November 2020

In the 1990s Gaja decided to look to develop a new project in the Montalcino area and in 1994 purchased the historic Pieve Santa Restituta winery and the 27ha of vineyards. The name of the estate comes from the 4th Century church located on the property. Since taking over the property Gaja have redeveloped the vineyards to sit in-line with their philosophy around allowing the vineyards to be as natural as possible with the absence of chemicals and pesticides and promoting soil health through composting. They also undertook a winery renovation project which was re-designed to have minimal impact on its surroundings, is largely underground and state of the art inside to allow for optimal winemaking.

Type Red
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino DOP
Vintage 2016
Grapes Sangiovese
ABV 14.5%