Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013

 

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Gaja
Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013
  • Vintage : 2013
  • Country : Italy
  • Region : Tuscany
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Rich and Spicy
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 15°
  • Grappes : 100% Sangiovese

Experts Score Vintage
WE Wine Enthusiast 96 2013
JD Jeb Dunnuck 95 2013
JS James Suckling 94 2013
WS Wine Spectator 94 2013
RP Robert Parker 94 2013
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 95 2011
JR Jancis Robinson 17+ 2011
More information on wine critics and ratings
When the Gaja family purchased the historic Pieve Santa Restituta estate in 1994, they did so in the hopes of bringing their expertise and winemaking style to this appellation.  Today, Sugarille (SOO-gah-REEL-leh) is considered one of the top expressions of Brunello di Montalcino.  According to archives found at Pieve Santa Restituta, the Sugarille growing site was already devoted to the cultivation of grapes for wine by the mid-16th century (1541). The name Sugarille, is derived from the Latin suber, meaning cork oak, possibly because cork trees were found there.
The story of this estate’s ascendancy is captivating, full of passion and innovation. The Gaja name was established in the region in the 1850s when Angelo’s great, great grandfather Giovanni Gaja moved to Piedmont and then set up a tavern in the lovely village of Barbaresco. Since then 5 generations of the Gaja family have been involved in the winemaking process. Angelo Gaja joined the business in 1961, taking over the reins from his father Giovanni. It was at this point that the… Read more

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 96 Points (2013)
Underbrush, new leather, wild herb and dark-skin berry aromas meld with balsamic whiffs of eucalyptus. The full-bodied firmly structured palate evokes raspberry compote, black cherry marinated in spirits, tobacco and star anise set against a backbone of close-grained tannins. This will age for decades. Drink 2023–2043. Cellar Selection

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 95 Points (2013)
The 2013 Sugarille is more classic in style than the Rennina yet is still a ripe, sexy beast of a Brunello. Ripe cherries, red currants, spice, and balsamic notes all flow to a concentrated, medium to full-bodied effort that has nicely integrated acidity, solid mid-palate depth, and enough ripe tannins to keep it drinking nicely for 10-15+ years or more. It's a beautiful wine.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2013)
A very aromatic red. Typical sangiovese aromas of cherry and rose petal with hints of bark. Full body, firm and silky tannins. A racy linear line runs through it. Tight and firm now. Give it two or three years to soften.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 94 Points (2013)
A mix of sweet plum, cherry, bouillon and graphite aromas and flavors, all backed by a solid structure, this is dense and tightly wound, with terrific balance and a long, focused finish. Best from 2022 through 2036.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2013)
The single-vineyard 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille has a tighter core and a blacker heart compared to the Rennina. This wine is momentarily more difficult to penetrate and comprehend. It makes a more abrupt first impression but then relaxes and reveals more of its character only after it has spent extra time in your company. Then, it becomes suddenly exuberant and loud. This is a dynamic expression of Sangiovese with bold ripe fruit, spice and balsam notes to carry it forward during cellar aging. This vintage offers firmness and strength. Some 20,000 bottles were produced (of both Sugarille and Rennina, respectively).

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 95 Points (2011)
Smoke, earthiness, black cherries, licorice, menthol and dark spices are some of the signatures in the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. A dark, brooding wine, the Sugarille boasts tremendous depth and intensity, not to mention tons of character. Deeply spiced, mentholated notes wrap around the polished finish. This is another superb showing from one of the Gaja family's under the radar gems, if that can be said. In a word: fabulous.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 17+ Points (2011)
Tasted Mar 2016 - Dark ruby with orange tinges. Lots of new oak on the nose, but with bags of fine fruit underneath. Creamy oak and then supple fruit and finely chiselled, yet very firm tannins. Has lots of potential. (WS)

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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013 Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast 14-05-2020 . Score: 5