2011 pieve santa restituta (gaja), brunello di montalcino, rennina
Why We're Buying
Why do people pay so much for a bottle of Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino? It’s a classic Brunello. The polished tannins, the minerally complexion, the red fruit notes, it’s all here. As wine critic Monica Larner described the 2010 vintage, “Rennina is a masterpiece and, again, I just don't know how Angelo Gaja does it. He is the winemaker with the Midas touch.”
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
A wonderfully polished, fruity red with cedar, berry and chocolate-powder aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, silky and delicious. Drink or hold.
Subtle aromas of sunbaked earth, toast, French oak and chopped herb slowly emerge in the glass. The aromas carry over to the round robust palate along with raspberry jam, dried black cherry, licorice and baking spice while velvety tannins lend finesse. You'll also detect the warmth of alcohol on the close. Drink 2018–2023.