I don’t think that Gaja really needs an introduction. The 5th generation Gaja; Angelo Gaja bought his first parcels in Montalcino in 1994. This wine is a blend of brunello grapes from the vineyards Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri. 2008 is an approachable, easy going good, but uneven vintage in Montalcino, Tuscany.
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Pieve Santa Restituta
Colour: Dark garnet red, transparent, young edges.
Nose: Eucalyptus, white pepper, lavender, violets, rosemary, new leather, distinct dark cherries, medicinal cabin, fresh breeze, distinct balsamic fur-needles, black tea, intense lightly burned “Montalcino” minerals. An elegant, vibrant nose driven by terroir indeed.
Taste: Cool, sourish fruit, tobacco, bitter chocolate, leather, distinct grape-peel, smoke, black tea, notes of peppery oak and menthol. Balsamic acidity that needs plenty of airing, but full of energy so this can probably be stored for a long time. Texture is silky and tannins are firm, but a little rough now. Structure is medium-bodied.
A nice wine with potential, once the somewhat over-energetic and fuzzy acidity has calmed down and integrated further in a few years. The nose now is more impressive than the taste really. The taste may lack some depth and complexity, but it is elegant, dry and very balsamic.