Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2018
While released like a single vineyard wine, it is actually a blend of three non-adjacent vineyards that surround the winery. First produced in 1994 from a total of 10ha, the vineyards all face south/south west and are on soils with a higher component of calcareous-clays. The major difference in winemaking here is after ferment the wine goes straight into larger format 3000L old oak. The name Rennina pays homage and reference to the history of the estate and is a blend of Latin and Etruscan words and indicates parish or church owned land. The wine is not produced every year and if not released as Rennina all will go into the Brunelle di Montalcino. A little more austere and structured than the Brunello di Montalcino. This along with the Sugarille is built to age 20-30 years. A little more fruit forward than the Sugarille the family describe it as their parallel to Barbaresco.
“Complex, wild and energetic with an intellectual array of fresh truffles, bramble berries, bark, cardamom, dried porcini, miso and rosemary. Full-bodied yet agile, with firm, tight tannins and sharp acidity. Powerful and tight. Needs a few years to open. Try after 2025.” – 96 Points – James Suckling
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