Sugarille Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Quite an unexpected Brunello di Montalcino, this is pure, energetic and fresh. 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 and Italian wine expert Antonio Galloni. The 2013 leaps from the glass with sweet black cherry, blueberry and blackberry fruit, laced with notes of balsam, vanilla, cinnamon and white pepper.
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 this vintage is drinking beautifully now, and we’d recommend serving alongside a peppered steak, wild boar sausages, roasted root vegetables, or slow-cooked Portobello mushrooms on a bed of polenta and peppery greens.
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.”
£24.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2632097
Style No.: 680595
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