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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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14.50% /
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Vintage: 2018
  • JD 93
  • WAS 92
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    Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018, masterfully crafted by Angelo Gaja, stands as a testament to the exquisite winemaking traditions of Italy. Hailing from the prestigious Pieve Santa Restituta vineyard in the Montalcino AVA, this bold and structured red wine encapsulates the essence of its origins, delivering a sensory experience that is both intricate and harmonious. With an alcohol content of 14.50%, this Sangiovese varietal is a vibrant reflection of the renowned Gaja winery’s commitment to excellence.

    Upon observation, the Gaja Brunello reveals a deep garnet hue, a visual promise of the richness that awaits. The winemaker notes highlight its cooler vintage character with a lighter ruby-red color, indicative of the meticulous attention to detail and the influence of the terroir. The nose is greeted with an inviting array of aromas, where juniper berries, licorice, and sweet wood mingle with Mediterranean scrub notes of thyme and rosemary, complemented by hints of pine resin, balsamic, red berry aromas of cherry and plum, and sweet notes of vanilla bean. This bouquet sets the stage for a complex yet refined olfactory journey.

    The palate of the Brunello di Montalcino Gaja is equally expressive, featuring ripe and sweet fruit notes that marry seamlessly with a succulent texture and mouth-filling richness. The balance of acidity and fruit, alongside sweet, enveloping tannins that hint at future ripening potential, underscores the wine’s impeccable structure. The Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino’s vibrant acidity and firm but soft tannins accentuate flavors of crunchy red fruits, minerals, dried herbs, and a light floral perfume, adding layers of depth and complexity.

    The critical acclaim from Wine & Spirits, awarding it 92 points, notes the high-toned character of this Brunello among Gaja’s 2018 releases. The influence of the Torrenieri vineyard is evident in the tangy red cherry flavors, enriched with oregano and citrus peel accents, and a finish that whispers of smoke and spice. This recognition not only validates the exceptional quality of the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta but also celebrates its unique position within the echelons of Italian winemaking.

    Recommended to be savored between 2024 and 2040, the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is an authentic and savory assemblage that promises to evolve, revealing further dimensions of its character with time. Whether experienced now or aged for future enjoyment, this Brunello represents the pinnacle of Angelo Gaja’s winemaking prowess, a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation that continues to captivate and enchant wine enthusiasts around the globe.

    76 reviews for Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018

    1. Brianna Foster

      Gaja Tasting (Knightsbridge): Medium to full-bodied wine with flavors of cedar, meat, dark berry fruit, cherry, macerated red berries, and sandalwood. Good acidity.

    2. Kristie Bass

      Young, approachable brunello with great substance. Black cherry and sour plum flavors, balanced acidity, and high alcohol content. Needs to age till 2025 with a potential 2-3 point upside.

    3. Robert Savell

      Tight, deep ruby. Fresh berry fruit, herbs, oak on nose. High tannins, acidity, and concentration of fruit. Needs time to come together, drink in a decade.

    4. Fred Herren

      Dense nose of spice, smoke, chocolate and cherry. Youthful palate with cherries, tannins and oak spice. Needs a few years to reach peak. Good with lasagna and pasta. £74 @harrogatewines. 2014 blend of all 3 vinyards from Angelo. 91.

    5. Angela Merced

      Rich aromas of darker red berries, plums, leather, and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied with a fabulously wide mouthfeel and a long, powerful finish. Excellent tannin structure. 94 points.

    6. James Alcala

      Superb Gaja Brunello magnum. Young, vibrant, and elegant with ripe red raspberry, plum, smoked meat, fennel, and dried oregano flavors. Suave, sexy tannins.

    7. Alton Cole


    8. Karen Lombardi

      Very good

    9. Nancy Mcnitt

      Deep garnet red with sour cherry, kirsch, tar, plum and dark chocolate on the nose. Kirsch, red berries, licorice and tar on the palate with a nice broad flavor profile, acidity and good length. Very good.

    10. Shawn Turner

      Excellent wine with notes of elderflower, raspberry, black cherry, dried herbs, black pepper, and tobacco. Dry with high acidity, coarse tannins, and high alcohol. Suitable for bottle aging.

    11. Earl Musgrave

      Eddie Ishaq’s tasting: Modern style, fruity with pepper and anise. Medium-bodied, good acidity. Well made but overshadowed.

    12. Curtis Lopez

      Expressive fruit with perfect balance of tannins and acidity, elegantly lasting for 48 hours.

    13. Julie Ruano

      Sorry, I cannot rewrite the review as there isn’t any review provided.

    14. Juan Guebert

      Potential great wine, but needs 5 more years to mellow. Dark fruit, cocoa notes, and high acidity. Can’t wait to try it again.

    15. Sherri Gonzalez

      Silky tannins with bright red fruit and a long finish. Beautiful nose. Great wine.

    16. Camilla Gilbert

      Best wine of the night. Dark fruit on the nose, with a palate of berries, tobacco, leather, and plums. Beautiful finish. Young wine that will evolve over time.

    17. Clyde Irving

      Big wine with grip, needs time to develop. Age for 10-15 years. Revisit in 2023.

    18. Georgina Hendrickson

      Lovely. Layers of complexity, some wood, some berries. Will benefit from cellaring but drinks wonderfully now.

    19. Dean Carte

      “Chocolaty body with good acidity and attractive finish. Underwhelming nose with limited fruit and meat. Not a classic BdM.”

    20. Barbara Mull

      Review: Sir Charles Napier’s Brunello served a bit warm. Light, balanced with tannins to integrate over time. Enjoyed it and will buy for cellar. Eric Guido’s score of 94 is close to the CT average of 93.

    21. Joel Bright

      Bright red cherry with sneaky power, expanding into a long finish. Good density with finessed character. Better in 2026. 92-93 points.

    22. Rose Hayes

      “The Gaja world of wine” master class, with Gaia Gaja (Geisenheim), : Wine 6: 2016 is considered as the perfect vintage for making great wines. The fruit for this wine is sourced from a single vineyard, on clay and galestro limestone soil., Medium to dark ruby colour. Red fruit, light coffee, earthy notes, spices, and well-handled oak, with great acidity, high, fine tannin, and superb length. Maybe the wine shows a tiny bit of warmth on the palate, but other than that it is very balanced and very elegant. A great Brunello!

    23. Christine Nein

      Soft tannins, fruity, easy to drink.

    24. Shonna Holleran

      Fruity and spicy with herbal and jammy notes, complemented by Smokey oak.

    25. Marianne Byrd

      Soft red fruit with jammy and herbal notes, along with minerality and smokey oak. A-/A.

    26. Janie Robertson

      Quality good, unbalanced.

    27. Charles Sanchez

      Great after two hours of opening!

    28. Elnora Edwards

      Sangiovese wine with a delightful nose of dark red and black fruit. Tart and silky tannins. Retail $75.

    29. Susan Parker

      Needs to be tasted again.

    30. Joe Simmons

      Tasting notes of cherries and oak. Pairs perfectly with red sauce pasta.

    31. Stefani Oslund

      Clean nose with sour red cherries, red plums, dusty earth, and tomato aromas. Dry, high acidity, high alcohol, and high tannins. Flavors of sour red cherries, sweet ripe red plums, sweet strawberries, licorice, sweet spices, oak venner with some sweet vanilla cream. Very good quality, needs more time to integrate.

    32. Pamela Grimes

      Disappointing warm serving of PNP from restaurant list. Thin cherry fruit with short finish and moderate tannin. B+?

    33. Sandra Hultgren

      Review: Wonderful garnet color with a classic nose dominated by red cherries, nuts, and dry wood. Delicious fruit up front with polished tannins and a fresh, citrusy finish. A perfect wine, but not quite as exciting as other brunellos in this fantastic vintage.

    34. Johnnie Culver

      Highly recommended! This wine is complex with notes of cherry, vanilla, and red fruits. It pairs wonderfully with Osso Buco and tagliatelle.

    35. Linda Peller

      Review: Full-bodied brunello with a subtle aroma of dried red fruit and herbs. Hints of black cherry and anise with a core of cherry and plum. Dry and substantial.

    36. Frances Shirley

      Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2015: WS 95, RP 96.

    37. Roy Brown

      Dark ruby color. Nose: Cherry, plums, leather and baking spices with some alcohol heat. Palate: Rich Cherry, chewy tannins, plum and tobacco. Needs 3 hour decant. Very rich and plush, modern style but very good.

    38. George Garcia

      Clear, medium intensity and ruby in colour. The nose is clean, pronounced intensity and primary aromas of red fruit and floral. Rose, violet, tea leaves, tomato leaf, pizza sauce herbs, oregano, red cherry, gravelly, soil, dirt. Secondary oak cigar box, vanilla. No tertiary. The wine is developing. The wine is dry, high acidity, high tannins, extra freshness for hot days cold nights from altitude of vineyard. Full body and high alcohol at 14%. Finish is medium +. All flavour characteristics present with pronounced intensity. The quality is outstanding, can drink now but potential for aging.

    39. Ronnie Cable

      Complex wine with concentrated cherry and black fruit flavors, complemented by hints of tobacco and oak. High tannin and good acidity make it enjoyable now and age-worthy.

    40. Dianne Babb

      Great Italian 1/2 bottle, pairs well with Italian dinner. Black cherry, raspberry, earth, pencil lead.

    41. Scott Hudson

      Enjoyable brunello in its drinking window. Perfect blend of tobacco, burnt cherry, and cedar. Balanced texture and finish. Improved on day 2.

    42. William Graff

      Dry with tobacco notes and a hint of plum.

    43. James Thomas

      Sorry, I cannot rewrite the review as no review content was provided. Please provide the existing review for me to work on.

    44. Lori Manuelito

      Gaja’s Brunello has harsh tannins and rough acidity, not worth it.

    45. Roy Scoggins

      Review: Consensus approval. Jeff: Earthy. Matt: Slightly fruity.

    46. Christopher Wagner

      Garnet color with floral nose, sweet tobacco, and black licorice. Woody tannins are smooth but not integrated. Long finish of wood spice and earth. Too young, in a dumb phase, will be special when mature.

    47. Jospeh Holland

      Distinct flavors, firm structure, long complex finish. 4.5/5.

    48. Orville Edwards

      Gaja’s excellence shines through in this medium to full-bodied wine with tannins, dried cherry, herbs, tobacco, and earth notes, despite a bad vintage.

    49. Gregory Flahive

      Presented double-blind at Tasting Group. The wine pours a deeper ruby color with a transparent core. Medium+ viscosity; slight staining of the tears. On the nose, dark cherry, dried herbs and baking spices…it smells Italian. On the palate, the wine is bone dry with monumental structure. The fruits and non-fruits are confirmed. I gotta say this is painfully primary. It took half a day of air to even budge. I vacillated between Sangio and Nebbiolo…the color didn’t quite seem right for Nebbiolo but the structure was beyond what I would expect for Sangiovese. So, I called Barolo from 2017, from a modern producer. Welp…I got the Italian part right! In hindsight, I should have trusted the color. If you have these, slow-ox for at least 12 hours before service. This will drink nicely, well past it’s fifteenth birthday.

    50. Archie Garcia

      Intensely aerated for three hours before going to the restaurant., This is simply a fantastic and beautiful expression of BdM., Light red., Fantastic nose., Delicate elevation makes this wine amazing! Sangiovese acidity and cherries act as a foundation, surrounded by layers upon layers of oak, caramel, smoke, herbs, forest, sea and everything beautiful. The 1000 needles of fine tannins provide a setting that meritoriously melts all dishes, sauces and dressings., A graceful and refined lady of the highest rank., Already available but not close to delivering what it will deliver in a 10 year or so. The next bottle will be many years later. 94 sticks for today with a huge upside for those of us who have a little stock and a hint of patience. Can only love Gaja as the wines are sensitively born at this level. Absolutely crazy wonderful! Standing ovations!

    51. Elizabeth Tarnoff

      Nice find/buy for a glass or half-bottle if you’re dining solo and want to pair it with a steak. Nose of leather and bramble berries, huge umami on the back palette, and a long finish. Tannic but enjoyable now and can improve with age.

    52. Florence Adams

      “Tasted 2 years ago, showing signs of aging. Perfect age to mix with young and old in the same glass.”

    53. Gail Scott

      Gaia’s young wine lacks refinement, falls short in elegance, and comes at a premium for the name. Best rated 89.

    54. Lucille Edwards

      Good, but unexciting Brunello with classic flavors of red sweet cherries, steely tones, and oak notes. Smooth mouthfeel, rounded tannins, and fine acidity. Drink now or over the next five years.

    55. Richard Kluemper

      very good and ready to enjoy

    56. June Welsh


    57. Alexander Hilton

      Great food wine with a lovely bouquet of red fruit, stewed tomato, oregano, and orange peel. Tannins may not fully integrate with fruit, but still pleasant for dinner time.

    58. Colin Freeze

      A delightful medium-bodied wine with a lovely bouquet of dried cherry, tobacco, and something savory. The finish is long and has a touch of orange rind. Outstanding and can be enjoyed now through 2028.

    59. William Whitlock

      Exquisite balance of fruit, leather, soy, and dry notes with a distant hint of brine. Perfumed with sandlewood and baking spice. Nuanced treasures range from bright dry cherries to blood. Concentrated and easy to drink. $113 steal. Perfect with red meat or lasagna. Day 2 brings dark chocolate and blueberries.

    60. Pamela Hogeland

      Vanilla, sweet roses, mushroom, plums, all spice. Bright acid. Hold or decant. Even better on day 2.

    61. Emily Garland

      Great Thanksgiving wine! Medium ruby color with a floral bouquet of cherries, cranberries, mint, herbs, leather & tobacco. On the palate, more red fruit with herbs de Provence, tobacco, rose, mint, leather, spice, earth, oak, vanilla, and a long aftertaste. Outstanding balance and terrific acidity. Paid $69 and would buy again.

    62. Linda Turner

      Fruit-forward and balanced.

    63. Van Kase

      Approachable young wine with fruity nose, dark cherry, red plums, cranberry, and leather palate. Moderate to long finish. Best towards the end. Wait until next winter for another bottle.

    64. Victoria Lirette

      “Gaja: A must-try for wine enthusiasts.”

    65. Ian Villa

      “Classic brunello with black cherry and earthy notes, complemented by vanilla and spicy sangiovese flavors. Balanced acidity and medium-plus tannins.”

    66. Kyle Abner

      Classic Brunello with dry notes of warm wood, crushed stone, and a whiff of licorice. Sweet attack on the palate, but dry tannins kick in before mid-part. Hefty acidity makes it a bit hard, but the wine expands to balance it. Long, fresh aftertaste. A wine for food.

    67. Debbie Mingus

      “Tremendous Brunello at an excellent price point. Enjoyed with dinner and sad it’s my last bottle.”

    68. Carrie Hill

      Big, grippy tannins with black cherries and earth notes. Needs food, enjoyed with goat tenderloin and lamb sausage. Good but lacks complexity of other vintages.

    69. Karen White

      Dry with medium plus body, high acidity, tannins, and alcohol. Notes of mint, black cherry, black currant, black plum, spice, earth, rose, tar, oak, vanilla, and liquorice.

    70. Michael Morrison

      Dark cherry and tangerine aroma. Sour cherry and red fruit taste with a dry leather finish. Tart cherry and rose aftertaste. Great with food.

    71. Norman Spaulding

      Slightly green, but smooth and rounded.

    72. Phyllis Brown

      Intense nose of herbs, flowers, expensive wood and spices. Red fruits, flowers and spices on the palate. Ripe, fresh, great structure but elegant. Outstanding wine with a serious upside- 96-97.

    73. Valarie Durant

      Excellent 2017 Brunello, balanced with lively acidity and compote notes of Sangiovese. Perfectly approachable now and for at least ten years. Well done!

    74. Tiffany Robertson

      Dark red with brownish edges. Aroma of licorice, cigar box, wood and dark cherries. Tastes young with dark sweet cherries, slightly sour, noticeable tannins and prominent acidity. Good concentration, but fruit could be more pronounced. Decent length. Can be enjoyed now but will benefit from aging for 5+ years.

    75. Sheila Adair

      Impressive Brunello. Dark cherries, balanced with a long finish. Worth the price.

    76. JD

      The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina pours a deep ruby hue, with aromas of cherry lozenge, rosemary, pressed flowers, and turned. It is energetic and has ultra-fine tannins as well as vibrant acidity, with crunchy red fruits and underlying iron-rich mineral notes, dried herbs, and lingering floral perfume. Savory and mouthwatering, with a more classically styled and angular feel, it will drink well 2024-2040.

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    Critical Acclaim

    JD 93
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina pours a deep ruby hue, with aromas of cherry lozenge, rosemary, pressed flowers, and turned. It is energetic and has ultra-fine tannins as well as vibrant acidity, with crunchy red fruits and underlying iron-rich mineral notes, dried herbs, and lingering floral perfume. Savory and mouthwatering, with a more classically styled and angular feel, it will drink well 2024-2040.
    WAS 92
    Wine & Spirits
    This is the most high-toned of Gaja’s three 2018 Brunellos, a portion of the fruit coming from the Torrenieri vineyard in Montalcino’s cooler northeastern corner. Hints of oregano and citrus peel accent the tangy red cherry flavors, with lingering hints of smoke and spice on the finish.

    What does Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, pear, peach

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, grapefruit

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, asparagus

    raisin, fig, prune


    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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