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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml


About Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta

Shortly after assuming control of his father’s Piemonte winery in 1961, Angelo Gaja set the wine world on fire with his revolutionary... Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings. In the early 1990s, this trailblazing winemaking titan was looking to expand his empire, and he set his sights on Toscano because it, like Angelo’s beloved Langhe, plays home to defining expressions deriving from indigenous grapes. In 1994, Angelo found an abandoned property in the southwest Brunello zone. It was perfect — sporting poor, low nutrient rocky soils and abutting Gianfranco Soldera’s famed Case Basse. At first Angelo joined forces with owner Roberto Bellini to remake Pieve Santa Restituta (“pieve” refers to the chapel on the property), but Angelo bought his partner out a year later, and the 1995 saw the estate’s inaugural vintage. In 2006, Angelo added 16 acres to his existing 24, and now, Pieve Santa Restituta crafts three beautiful Brunello wines: the cru Sugarille; Rennina, which represents the vineyards in Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri; and a normale Brunello that blends across all of the estate’s sites. Pieve Santa Restituta relies on a mix of modern and traditional methods, including aging wine in a combination of barriques and botti in order to craft the estate’s velvety, elegant, and intense house style. While it took Angelo a few vintages to elicit Brunello wines that met his lofty standards, with time Pieve Santa Restituta has proven itself to be among the best in the region. With Angelo’s retirement, daughter Gaia has taken control of the winemaking duties, ever raising the game at Pieve Santa Restituta.