Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 'Sugarille' 2015

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97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck     The estates top single vineyard, Sugarille, is situated a touch south and west of the estate, also within Tavernelle. The 2017 Sugarille lends more intensity and savor than the Rennina. On the nose, it reveals notes of cedar, cherry pit, tomato leaf, and Mediterranean herbs. The palate is full yet refreshing, with building tannins. Within its structure, it has a polish that is undeniable in its elegance. Enjoy over 2025-2036.

97 Points - James Suckling      A fantastically structured, serious 2015 Brunello with crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and chewy with loads of fruit, yet framed with lots of ripe tannins that are polished and poised. Better after 2023.

97 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ... Muscular and fruit-forward is the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. This is a darkly saturated and rich wine that pours from the bottle with dark fruit, plum and black currant. Velvety in texture, tactile and generous, this is a long-term wine to set aside in your cellar. Only 6,000 bottles were made. You'll want to give it time to relax and take on more volume with age. Truth be told, like the Barbaresco wines from Gaja that have changed stylistically going from a more extracted style to a streamlined approach, these two wines from the family's Montalcino property seem to have evolved along similar lines. Sugarille has gone from being more flashy and contemporary to understated and classic in this newest incarnation.

96 Points - Vinous     The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is a gorgeous, feminine Brunello. It offers up fresh red berries, woodland in nature, with dusty florals and white smoke, turning more savory in the glass, hinting at coffee grinds, yet understated and refined throughout. On the palate, velvety textures nearly envelope a solid core of structural heft, which are perceived yet hardly felt until the finale. The purest blackberry, licorice, sage and savory spices remain throughout its long and dramatic finish, as grippy tannins emerge beneath a cloak of dark florals and crushed wildberry fruit. The 2015 Sugarille is a little untamed in its early going, but I’m imagining that quite a wine will emerge over the next five to ten years.

94 Points - Wine Spectator     A concentrated, muscular red, featuring a dense matrix of tannins that squeezes the black cherry and black currant flavors today, with tar and iron notes chiming in. Finishes on the gruff side. Overall, this is balanced and long. Be patient. Best from 2024 through 2043. 450 cases imported.

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast    Aromas of eucalyptus, dried mint, coconut, scorched underbrush and dried tobacco leaf take shape in the glass, along with whiffs of stewed prune. The big assertive palate evokes dried cherry, candied orange rind, star anise and the heat of evident alcohol set against tightly knit close-grained tannins that leave a rather astringent, mouthdrying finish. While the tannins need a few more years to unclench, you should drink sooner rather than later to enjoy the remaining fruit.