2015 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 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina is beautifully balanced and elegant. The wine is successfully streamlined and focused on the nuanced characteristics of the otherwise warm and sunny 2015 vintage. Rennina is often considered to be the more lithe and graceful of Gaja's two Brunellos (the other being Sugarille that is also reviewed here). The bouquet opens to pretty berry nuances, blue flower, lavender, grilled herb and powdery licorice. Despite the more delicate approach, Rennina delivers ample power in the mouth with fresh acidity and tight tannins.
Aromatic, evoking wild herb and balsamic notes of juniper, thyme and pine, along with flavors of black cherry, plum and iron. Firmly structured and fresh, offering a long, complex aftertaste. Unfolds pleasantly and maintains balance.