Sugarille Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Dark, silky, lithe and mysterious, like a black cat, but far luckier if it crosses your path. Pronounced “sue-gah-reel-ay”, Sugarille is Brunello di Montalcino perfected by the legendary Gaja family and now considered to be “easily among the finest in the entire appellation” by wine critic Antonio Galloni. Impressively deep, the 2011 is an autumnal combination of forest floor, bonfire smoke, worn leather, toast, brambles, black cherries, espresso, barbequed meat and hazelnuts, with a refreshing note that sits somewhere between pine, liquorice and menthol.
Sugarille is located under a mile from Santa Restituta Church. There’s written evidence of this historic vineyard dating back to 1547, and it produces the most compact and tightly wound of Gaja’s Brunellos, requiring a little time to unfurl. But now it’s ready, and it will lap up flavours like slow-roasted portobello mushrooms, steak and polenta chips, wild boar ragu and pappardelle, gamey sausages, pecorino, or ravioli with sage butter.
Although this family estate was established in the 1850s, it wasn’t until Angelo Gaja took over in 1970 that Gaja was pushed though into the vanguard of Italian wine. Although the Super Tuscans hog much of spotlight, this man is often described as having single-handedly dragged Italian wine into the modern age. Not content with introducing revolutionary modern techniques and non-indigenous grape varieties to his Piedmont vineyards, propelling them into the position of benchmark for the region, he has also branched out to Tuscany with dramatic effect. A rebel, a perfectionist and an incredible winemaker, when it comes to the great man we think Robert Parker puts it best: “A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja cannot be faulted for what he puts in the bottle.”
£21.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2492237
Style No.: 636240
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