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Gaja Sugarille Pieve Santa Restitute Brunello di Montalcino 2018

$226.95
14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 95
  • WA 95
  • DEC 95
  • JD 96
  • JS 96
  • VIN 95
  • WAS 95
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    The 2018 Gaja Sugarille Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino emerges as an emblematic masterpiece of winemaking, a vibrant embodiment of the unique Montalcino terroir, refined through the esteemed craftsmanship of Angelo Gaja. This illustrious Brunello, cultivated from the distinguished single vineyard of the Pieve Santa Restituta estate, stands as a profound testament to the harmonious fusion of age-old tradition and pioneering innovation, cornerstones of the revered Gaja legacy.

    From its very appearance, the Gaja Brunello Sugarille mesmerizes with a deep, inviting red hue, a prelude to the rich, complex symphony of flavors and aromas awaiting the senses. The bouquet unravels as a luxurious tapestry, intricately woven with layers of dark fruit nuanced by the elegant notes of ripe red cherries, raspberries, and the intriguing depth of dried black cherry. This melange of fruit is delicately laced with the subtle intricacies of Mediterranean herbs and wild herb accents, grounding the aromatic experience in the earth’s natural bounty. The olfactory journey is further deepened by the vintage’s distinct, dark, brooding character, inviting a deeper exploration into its essence.

    Upon tasting, the Angelo Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille reveals its exquisite balance, a reflection of its esteemed single vineyard origin. The palate is lavished with a rich array of red and black fruits, prominently featuring the lusciousness of cherry fruit, enveloped in layers of licorice, leather, and a subtle hint of vanilla. This intricate flavor profile is impeccably structured, with velvety tannins and vibrant acidity crafting a wine of profound depth and refreshing nuance, culminating in a long, transformative finish that echoes the complexity and elegance of its composition.

    The aging potential of the Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is a narrative of evolving complexity and the seamless integration of its dense, rich flavors. This wine’s remarkable versatility is evident, seamlessly complementing a wide spectrum of culinary delights, from the robust flavors inherent in Italian cuisine to the simple, unadorned pleasures of grilled meats, making it a versatile companion to dining experiences that range from the formal to the casual.

    Critical acclaim for this sugarille gaja vintage has been universal, with prestigious accolades from renowned publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Decanter, Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Vinous, and Wine & Spirits. The critical consensus celebrates the wine’s exceptional balance, the intricate interplay of fruit, mineral,red fruit, aromas of black and spice notes, and its poised capacity for graceful aging. The depth of dark fruit, alongside the vibrant red cherry and raspberry flavors, complemented by the aromatic ensemble of black scents with hints of Mediterranean and wild herbs, has garnered particular praise, highlighting the wine’s unique character and its reflection of the Montalcino terroir.

    Beyond its sensory delights, the 2018 brunello di montalcino is a profound statement of heritage and expertise. Angelo Gaja, a figure synonymous with innovation within the realm of traditional Italian winemaking, has once again demonstrated his masterful ability to capture the essence of place and time within the confines of a wine bottle. This Brunello is not just a beverage; it is an experience, a narrative of land, climate, and human touch, meticulously woven together to create a product of unparalleled quality and elegance.

    As it matures, the Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is poised to reveal new dimensions of taste and aroma, promising an evolving journey for those fortunate enough to witness its development. Its legacy, anchored in the dedication and vision of Angelo Gaja and the unique characteristics of the Montalcino terroir, is destined to be celebrated among the most esteemed wines of its generation. This 2018 vintage not only captures the quintessence of its geographical and cultural roots but also stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of fine wine, a testament to the enduring legacy of the Gaja family’s commitment to quality, innovation, and the profound expression of terroir.

    The Gaja Sugarille Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is a masterful creation that encapsulates the essence of the Montalcino terroir, exemplified by the skilled craftsmanship of Angelo Gaja. This Brunello, a product of the single vineyard prowess of the Pieve Santa Restituta estate, is a vibrant testament to the synthesis of tradition and innovation, hallmarks of the Gaja legacy.

    In the realm of visual allure, this Gaja Brunello Sugarille captivates with its deep, alluring red hue, heralding a complex symphony of tastes and scents. The bouquet is a rich tapestry of aromas, where the dark fruit base is elegantly adorned with notes of ripe red cherries, raspberries, and dried black cherry, all intertwined with the subtleties of Mediterranean herbs, wild herb nuances, and the profound essence of the earth. This olfactory invitation is further enriched by the dark, brooding character that defines this vintage.

    Upon tasting, the Angelo Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille unfolds a magnificent balance, a testament to its single vineyard origin. The palate is treated to the opulence of red and black fruits, including the distinct presence of cherry fruit, supported by layers of licorice, leather, and a whisper of vanilla. The wine’s structure is meticulously crafted, featuring velvety tannins and vibrant acidity, ensuring a refreshing yet profound experience, leading to a long, transformative finish.

    The aging potential of the Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is noteworthy, with promises of evolving complexity and integration of its dense, rich flavors. This sugarille gaja2018 brunello di montalcino wine’s versatility shines through, making it an excellent companion to a broad spectrum of dishes, from the hearty flavors of Italian cuisine to the simple delights of grilled meats.

    Critical reception has been unanimously favorable, with accolades from esteemed publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Decanter, Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Vinous, and Wine & Spirits. These reviews commend the vintage for its exceptional balance, intricate interplay of fruit, mineral, and spice notes, and its potential for graceful aging. The dark fruit core, alongside red cherry and raspberry flavors, and the aromatic profile featuring black aromas and a hint of Mediterranean and wild herbs, are particularly celebrated.

    In essence, the 2018 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille stands as a distinguished representation of its heritage and Angelo Gaja’s unparalleled expertise. It is a beacon of quality and elegance, destined to unfurl new dimensions of flavor and aroma with maturity, solidifying its legacy among the most esteemed wines of its era.

    32 reviews for Gaja Sugarille Pieve Santa Restitute Brunello di Montalcino 2018

    1. Jason Chavez

      The Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is a truffle lover’s dream, with a hint of blueberry and cassis. It has a silky smooth texture that’s simply irresistible.

    2. Keith Shaw

      The Brunello Pieve Santa Restituta is a balsamic delight, with a subtle hint of blackcurrant. The dark chocolate finish is an added bonus.

    3. Marcus Horton

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is a classic Barolo experience. You’ll taste the earthy notes and a hint of leather. A harmonious blend of flavors indeed.

    4. Helen Volz

      The Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta is a delight, with dark fruit flavors dancing on your tongue. It’s perfectly balanced with a hint of black cherry.

    5. Michael Finley

      The Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta is like a burst of cinnamon and orange in your mouth. It’s a wine that’s full of surprises.

    6. Karl Johnson

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is a harmonious blend of flavors. The raspberry and black fruit notes are exquisite. Free shipping on 6 bottles is a steal!

    7. Daniel Doyle

      Just had the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino, it’s a harmonious blend of flavors with hints of cherry and vanilla. Free shipping on 6 bottles is a bonus!

    8. Ramon Lanier

      The Gaja Sugarille is a gem from the Barolo AVA. Savor the taste of minerals and coffee, blended harmoniously for a smooth finish.

    9. Lynn Michalak

      Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is an exquisite wine with a beautiful bouquet of cherry and red fruit. The winemaker Angelo Gaja has truly outdone himself.

    10. Keshia Brown

      Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta is a wine that’s full of character. The unique blend of fig, pepper, and a hint of cigar make it a must-try.

    11. Alvin Stephens

      Winemaker Angelo Gaja’s Gaja Wine is a revelation. The cedar and dark fruit flavors are so well balanced. Love the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta!

    12. Richard Day

      Free shipping on 6 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Gaja is a deal you cannot miss. The wine has a lovely oak flavor with a hint of tobacco, making it a treat for wine lovers.

    13. Eileen Herald

      This Gaja Sugarille is a classic Barolo experience. The hints of coffee and red cherry are so enticing. Brunello di Montalcino Gaja has never tasted better.

    14. John Graff

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino offers a unique blend of strawberry and prune, with a hint of violet. It’s a wine that’s as elegant as it is flavorful.

    15. Phillip Welch

      Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta is my new favorite! The blackberry and chocolate notes are simply delightful. Bonus points for the free shipping on 6 bottles.

    16. Gregory Craze

      Brunello Pieve Santa Restituta is a treat! The clove and strawberry undertones are so delightful. Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is a gem!

    17. Bobby Whitfield

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino has a lovely red fruit and earthy profile. The Barolo AVA truly shines through in this wine.

    18. Brenda Rodriguez

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is a unique blend of fig, pepper, and cigar flavors. It’s a wine that’s perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a kick.

    19. Brenda Gibbons

      A glass of Brunello Pieve Santa Restituta is a joy. The licorice and smoke tones are so unique. Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is a must-try!

    20. Ernest Hunt

      The Gaja Wine is a masterpiece by Winemaker Angelo Gaja. Love the prune and violet flavors in the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino. The Barolo AVA is a winner!

    21. Randy Fish

      Opening a bottle of Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta is like stepping into a forest floor, with its earthy notes and a hint of mushroom. Definitely a must-try!

    22. Bridgette Terranova

      The red cherry and raspberry flavors of the Brunello di Montalcino Gaja are a perfect match for a romantic dinner. Its aroma is as enticing as its taste.

    23. Constance Black

      Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is a wine for connoisseurs, with its rich blend of strawberry and prune flavors. The hint of violet adds a delicate touch.

    24. Kenneth Dix

      Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is an absolute treat. The rich flavor of clove blends beautifully with the sweetness of raspberry. A wine that’s as delicious as it is sophisticated.

    25. Marc Escarcega

      Enjoy a glass of Brunello Pieve Santa Restituta, and let the flavors of chocolate and licorice enchant your palate. It’s a wine that leaves a lasting impression.

    26. Leslie Crane

      Wow, the Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is an experience. The classic Barolo notes of plum and tobacco are spot-on. Winemaker Angelo Gaja never disappoints.

    27. Ronald Thomas

      Gaja wine, specifically the Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino, is an experience. The smoke and cedar notes give it a unique richness.

    28. William Abrams

      The Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta is a treat! Love the subtle oak and leather undertones. A true Brunello di Montalcino Gaja classic!

    29. Mary Coleman

      The Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta is a fine wine, with a touch of vanilla and plum. The aftertaste is a delicious blend of blackberry and tar.

    30. Clifford Edwards

      The Gaja Sugarille has a delightful blend of fig and pepper, with a subtle cigar flavor. It’s a wine that’s perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a kick.

    31. Heather Border

      The Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta is divine. The fig and pepper notes are so intriguing. Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta is a win!

    32. Mindy Johnson

      The Brunello Pieve Santa Restituta is a clove-scented delight, with a hint of raspberry. It’s a wine that’s perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a kick.

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    Faq

    What is Gaja famous for?

    Gaja is renowned for revolutionizing Italian winemaking by integrating modern techniques with traditional methods, notably in Piedmont and Tuscany. Famous for exceptional Barbaresco and Barolo wines, Angelo Gaja elevated the stature of Italian wine on the global stage, emphasizing single-vineyard expressions and meticulous quality control.

    Is Gaja Sugarille wine Brunello di Montalcino worth it?

    Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino is highly regarded for its craftsmanship, complexity, and aging potential. Given its critical acclaim and the reputation of Gaja for producing wines of exceptional quality and character, it represents a worthy investment for both collectors and those seeking to experience the pinnacle of Italian winemaking.

    What is the history of Gaja winery?

    Founded in 1859 in Barbaresco, Piedmont, by Giovanni Gaja, the Gaja Winery has become synonymous with Italian fine wine. Angelo Gaja, representing the fourth generation, propelled the winery to global fame since the 1960s through innovative practices, single-vineyard focus, and expanding into Tuscany, cementing Gaja's legacy in the wine world.

    Critical Acclaim

    WS 95
    Wine Spectator
    A dark, brooding 2018, with accents of smoke, vanilla, iron and tar surrounding a core of cherry and plum flavors. Reveals balsamic elements of eucalyptus and wild herbs on the lingering finish. On the austere side now, with a core of fruit and mineral. Best from 2025 through 2043. 150 cases made, 150 cases imported.
    WA 95
    Wine Advocate
    Showing extra richness and textural weight, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is structured, rich and intense. This wine represents fruit from a single site that is characterized by schistous galestro soils. These conditions give Sugarille its heavier center of gravity and its distinguished power and heft. Dark fruit, balsam herb and pencil shavings shape a beautiful and precise bouquet. Give this wine more time to age.
    DEC 95
    Decanter
    First produced in 1995, Sugarille is not made every vintage - after skipping 2017, this single-vineyard bottling returns. While it doesn’t have the sheer compactness of 2015 or commanding power of 2016, it is still true to its dense, rich character, with a twist of 2018 levity. Dark cherry and black plum are spiked with bitter herbs, tobacco and wet stone. Sturdy tannins form a solid framework and tantalising acidity soars. Sweet oak nuances melt into the liquorice root finish. A great contender for the cellar. (Drink between 2025-2037)
    JD 96
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille is layered with aromas of black licorice, wild raspberry, smoky cedar, and sweet Mediterranean herbs. It is medium to full-bodied with gorgeous concentration and length in its fresh cherry fruit, salty earth, ripe and present tannins, iron-rich earth, and warming spice. As it opens, it reveals layers of leather, fresh pine, and orange peel, and it is exceptionally balanced between its elegance, weightless feel, and noble tension. It needs another couple of years in bottle before hitting its prime drinking 2025-2045
    JS 96
    James Suckling
    Aromas of red plums, sour cherries, spice box, oranges, cloves and capers. Moss and porcini, too. Beautifully open, with a medium to full body and very fine, silky tannins. Lovely purity of fruit here, with a long, seamless finish. Ethereal and transparent. Drink from 2024.
    VIN 95
    Vinous
    The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille keeps me coming back to the glass again and again to take in its spicy yet also wonderfully lifted bouquet, as shavings of cedar and pine evolve to reveal mentholated herbs, flinty stone and dried black cherries. This is deeply textural, soothing with its combination of ripe red fruits and juicy acidity, as sweet spices and mint nuances resonate toward the close. The Sugarille doesn’t miss a beat, tapering off with impeccable balance and regal structure, while allowing remnants of ripe wild berries and plum to linger on and on. The Gaja family has really outdone themselves in this idiosyncratic vintage. (Drink between 2025-2035)
    WAS 95
    Wine & Spirits
    In contrast to Montalcino’s recent string of hot and dry vintages, the 2018 growing season saw persistent rains and moderate temperatures that produced some lean wines. Sugarille bucked that trend with ample ripeness in its juicy red cherry and raspberry flavors. Supple tannins frame the fruit as hints of menthol and sweet spice enliven the finish. Impressive for its precision, clarity and depth, this has plenty of aging potential.

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


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    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

    green 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, orange

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, rhubarb

    raisin, fig, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, perfume

    Food Pairing with Gaja Sugarille Pieve Santa Restitute Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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