With the 2005 vintage, for the first time in its history, the Gaja family decided to produce a classic Brunello di Montalcino without single-vineyard designation, blended from the estate’s top growing sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri. The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino marked the first release of this label. The growing sites in the southwestern subzone of the appellation impart structure and polished tannin to this wine.
The winery uses 100% Sangiovese Grosso grape variety to make this wine. The fermentation process took place in stainless steel vats and the wine is aged in barrique for twelve months (first-, second-, and third- passage casks), and another 12 months in botti (large thirty-year-old casks)
A rich, charming red, bursting with sweet cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. There’s density and solid tannins lurking beneath the fruit, with a freshness driving the lingering aftertaste of tobacco and spice.
Antonio Galloni, an American wine critic and founder and CEO of Vinous, writes, “A deep, powerful wine, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino possesses notable depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, new leather and incense meld together in a muscular, resonant wine built on structure. This is a 2010 that is going to need time to fully come together, but it is impressive just the same…93+”