We are delighted to announce one of the most hotly-anticipated releases from Brunello 2012: Angelo Gaja’s Pieve Santa Restituta. Gaja’s name is synonymous with the apogee of Italian winemaking, it is an icon of the Mediterranean world. We are releasing this Brunello before any critic has published a review to beat the rush of demand that is sure to follow. Gaja’s Brunello in a 5-Star vintage is sure to be another blockbuster effort.

In 2012, Gaja decided not to produce their flagship Sugarille single vineyard and Rennina vineyard blend in Brunello. This has resulted in all the highest quality fruit that would have been included in those wines ending up in the Pieve Santa Restituta, producing a wine of incredible complexity, depth and intensity. This makes it hugely exciting and set to surpass the 2010 for which the Rennina received 97 points from the Wine Advocate while the Sugarille was bestowed 96 points. With all of the best fruit from the single vineyards, the 2012 is an under-priced gem for its constituent parts. Moreover, the bottle stands out adorning the Gaja name and the label showing shades of klimt’s ‘golden phase’.

Gaja is one of the great wine names of Italy and the world, known best for his Barbarescos and Barolos, which created a new paradigm in Italian winemaking. In the 1980s, after establishing himself as a true wine-making virtuoso, he quickly realised that all of the best vineyards in Piedmont had been bought up. This was largely thanks to his flagship wines cementing prices that could compete with leading Bordeaux and resultantly leading terroir in this region became goldmines. As such he naturally turned his attention to Italy’s traditionally most prestigious red wine, Brunello di Montalcino. In 1994 he acquired his first property in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta, a glorious 16 hectare vineyard in Brunello di Montalcino. Gaja’s two decades of work in Brunello di Montalcino, synthesising his wine-making methods in Piedmont and applying them to Sangiovese, resulted in the release of his first vintage of Brunello in 2005.

This grapes are sourced from vineyards surrounding the Pieve in the south-west of Montalcino and further north in Torrenieri. This balance of two complex terroirs and micro-climates create a wonderfully elegant wine that captures the freshness and depth of the vintage. Gaja recommends drinking between 2019 and 2025.

Gaja’s wines are perpetually exciting and very collectable, never more so than in historic vintages such as 2012. This is sure to be one of the wines to own from a glorious year and one of the most reasonably priced of Gaja’s entire range.

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2012, 6×75, £195 IB 

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