Pieve di Santa Restituta is a Catholic place of worship (“Pieve” means church) located in the homonymous locality of Montalcino, in the province of Siena, knew since the 6th century. Right close to it Roberto Bellini established, in 1974, his winery, on a 16 hectares land, already known in 15th century for wine production, to produce Brunello di Montalcino iconic wine. They were years of great development for Brunello and the untiring Angelo Gaja, achieving in the meantime great success with his Barbarescos, was often used to visit those lands and study the phenomenon. After careful evaluations and several years of study, in 1994 Angelo broke with all delays and buyed the majority stake of Mr. Bellini winery. Mr. Gaja began, first of all, to renovate the cellar (the work was completed only in 2005), building a modern 4000 square meters structure, almost entirely underground, and didn’t neglect to renovate even the old church of Santa Restituta (an important artistic masterpiece, destination for tourists).
Currently the winery owes 27 hectares of vineyards, lying at 350 meters of altitude southwest exposed and ventilated from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with white rocky soils (poor in nutrients and rich in calcareous clay) and excellent drainage. The Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino comes from the homonymous vineyard, whose name recalls an ancient presence on the place of cork oaks (the ancient latin “suber” means “cork”). The grapes of each single parcel of this vineyard, after a careful handpicking and table selection, are soft-crushed and fermented separately. The wine ages 18 months in barrique and another 10 months in large oak barrels, then it is bottled to refine in glass not less than two years, before being placed on the market.
This dark ruby garnet edged 2013 vintage smells of currant, blackberry, damp soil, tobacco Latakia, licorice root, coffee, black pepper and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is soft and savory, very balanced, with numerous and refined tannins and a great taste-aroma combination, with an endless finish..
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