2013 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.”
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina is a dark, plush and succulent red wine with seamless overall integration. Angelo Gaja makes his wines with broad brush strokes that form shapes of perfect harmony and grandeur. He seems less interested in the minutiae, much in the same way an impressionist painter creates a portrait without consideration for the gritty details of reality. Continuing with my art metaphor, I'll venture to say that this is a big-picture wine that embraces bold fruit, oak spice, acidity and tannin in one overwhelming and warm embrace. I usually score the Sugarille a point or two higher, but this year the Rennina won my heart.
The 2013 Rennina comes three separate vineyards (ferment and macerate separately for around three weeks) and is brought up in a mix of barrel and concrete tanks. It's a ripe, sexy Brunello that doesn't pull any punches with its kirsch, dried earth, spice-box, and licorice aromas and flavors. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and downright flambouyant, it still has good acidity, a balanced, layered textured, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's not for those loving cool-climate aromas and flavors but delivers serious amounts of pleasure. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.
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.