2016 blessed us with complex and captivating wines. The nose is intriguing and youthful with notes of raspberry and strawberry. Very complex and intense with notes of white pepper. The tannins are detectable, but velvety soft and beautifully integrated. It is a harmonies and gentle wine with lots to offer in its youth, but enough structure and framework to be cellar worthy as well.
With the 2005 vintage, for the first time in history, the GAJA family decided to produce a classic Brunello without single vineyard designation, blended from all 40 acres the family has planted throughout the entire region. Pieve Santa Restituta’s Brunello di Montalcino is now produced from a selection of estate-grown grapes from throughout the winery’s four non-contiguous vineyards as well as 25 acres of southwest facing vineyards in Torrenieri, in northeastern Montalcino, acquired in 2006.
The grapes from the different vineyards ferment and macerate separately for three weeks. After 24 months of ageing in oak, the wines are blended and then aged for another six months in concrete vats.