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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • JD 93
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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.

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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

    Excellent.

  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

    Superb!

  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?


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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

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

guava

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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In the illustrious landscape of fine wines, Gaja emerges as a beacon of quality, innovation, and deep-rooted tradition. This prestigious winery, nestled in the heart of Barbaresco—a quaint town in northwest Italy—has established itself as a cornerstone of Italian viticulture. Since Angelo Gaja's ancestor, Giovanni Gaja, founded the winery in 1859, Gaja has been unwavering in its dedication to producing some of the world’s most acclaimed wines. Starting with a modest two hectares of vineyards, Gaja has undergone significant expansion over the generations. Today, it boasts sprawling vineyards not just in Piedmont, its ancestral home, but also in Tuscany, significantly broadening its variety and presence in the wine industry. Vineyards and Location At the core of Gaja's success...check our brand Gaja
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Sangiovese, the quintessential Italian grape varietal, is the lifeblood of Italy's viticultural tradition, painting the landscape of the country's wine culture with its vibrant hues and complex flavors. With a legacy as rich and deep as the soils it thrives in, Sangiovese has etched its name into the annals of wine history, becoming synonymous with the essence of Italian winemaking. What is Sangiovese? Sangiovese is a red grape variety that has its roots deeply embedded in the heart of Italy, especially in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Known for its versatile nature and adaptability, Sangiovese produces wines that range from earthy and rustic to elegant and refined. This grape is the backbone of many renowned Italian wines, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino,...Please check Sangiovese for more information

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Angelo Gaja, a name that resonates deeply within the wine industry, has been a beacon of innovation and a symbol of relentless drive towards excellence. Born into the winemaking tradition, Gaja took the helm of his family's winery in Barbaresco at the tender age of 21 in 1961, marking the beginning of a transformative era not just for the winery but for Italian wine as a whole. With a vision far ahead of his time, Gaja embarked on a journey that would redefine the standards of winemaking in Italy and position Italian wines on the global stage with unprecedented prestige. Gaja's approach to winemaking was revolutionary. His early realization that the practices in Barolo and Barbaresco were antiquated propelled him to seek inspiration and knowledge beyond the Italian borders. His time in... More Products
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The Brunello di Montalcino wine region, with its rich history and unique terroir, is a testament to the artistry and tradition of Italian winemaking. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this region is celebrated for producing some of the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world, primarily from the Sangiovese grape. This article explores the historical backdrop, geographical setting, soil composition, climatic conditions, grape varieties, and the distinctive taste profile of wines from Brunello di Montalcino, offering insight into why this region holds a revered place in the global wine community.

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