Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2008Gaja
ORIGIN: Piedmont, Italy
92pts Wine Enthusiast
In a vintage where so many wines already appear tired, Gaja’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina jumps from the glass with vibrant aromas and flavors. Violets, black cherries, tobacco, licorice and menthol all appear later, adding further shades of complexity. The tannins are firm yet beautifully integrated. Pieve Santa Restituta fans know than Rennina can be deceptively medium in body, yet it has a great track record for aging. Today, the wine is simply gorgeous. This is one of the few 2008s I would buy to cellar. There is little doubt the Rennina is one of the standouts in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.
This estate, owned by Angelo Gaja, makes two expressions of Brunello. The 2008 Sugarille shows sharp acidity, but this wine offers more balance and harmony overall. It opens with beautiful floral tones of pressed violets and wild berry fruit while unfolding oak-driven aromas of spice and chocolate in a more subdued manner.