When the Gaja family purchased the historic Pieve Santa Restituta estate in 1994, they did so in the hopes of bringing their expertise and winemaking style to this appellation. Today, Sugarille (SOO-gah-REEL-leh) is considered one of the top expressions of Brunello di Montalcino. According to archives found at Pieve Santa Restituta, the Sugarille growing site was already devoted to the cultivation of grapes for wine by the mid-16th century (1541). The name Sugarille, is derived from the Latin suber, meaning cork oak, possibly because cork trees were found there.
Throughout Italy, 2013 will be remembered as a vintage of elegance. Montalcino does not make an exception: round bodies, silky tannins and intense fruit concentration are the features of this vintage.
Savory and compact on the nose, with aromas of raspberry, fennel and black pepper
The palate shows intense fruit concentration with notes of black currant and pomegranate. The fine grained and compact tannins lead to a chewy texture. The wine is lean and powerful, meant for long aging.