James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator
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Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 'Rennina' 2016

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Product description

97 Points - James Suckling

Some much shaved black truffles to the blackberry, walnut and chocolate undertones. It's full-bodied and layered with chewy yet soft tannins and a long, flavorful finish. There are undertones of smoke, mahogany and wet earth, and it needs three or four years to soften and come together.

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Pieve Santa Restituta 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina offers intensity and beautifully concentrated fruit. The bouquet reveals layers of wild cherry, rose, blue flower, and candied orange peel. However, if you expect a more subdued Rennina, that's not what you get in this classic 2016 vintage. The wine is buzzing with energy and vitality, with a lifted and an exceptionally brilliant set of aromas. You might also detect a hint of fresh peppercorn or coriander seed that gives the wine a veil of the exotic.

95 Points - Vinous

Dusty florals, plums, blackberries, dried flowers and hints of ginger rise from the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina. This is silky and cool-toned in feel, with polished red and black berries, yet even with its lift and grace, fruit is dense here and mounting tannins that promise many years of evolution. The long, structured, licorice-tinged finale keeps you guessing what's to come with further cellaring. I do believe that an updated score is in order.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of espresso, clove and licorice mingle with balsamic notes of camphor. Elegantly structured, the focused, linear palate offers dried cherry, blood orange and star anise framed in a firm, close-grained tannins that grip the finish. Drink after 2026.

94 Points - Wine Spectator

A top note of mint graces the cherry, plum and tart flavours in this tightly packed red, which feels balanced overall, despite the strapping tannins, with a lingering, sanguine- and iron-tinged finish—best from 2025 through 2045.

93 Points - Decanter

Both of Gaja's cru Brunello demonstrate the generous warmth and salty breezes of the Tavernelle zone in Montalcino's central southwest. Rennina, assembled from three plots surrounding the church after which the winery is named, is the more extroverted of the two. Still patently young in its structure and fruit, it is vivaciously scented with an explosion of garden herbs, juniper, licorice and summer berries, and polished yet copious tannins hem in powerful, rich fruit. Quite a fully charged, boisterous Rennina. This will need some time to tame. Drinking Window 2023 - 2036.