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Vines Sangiovese ( %)

Color: ruby ​​red with light garnet reflections.

Smell: Intense, complex and fine. Blackberries, prunes, vanilla, cocoa, coffee.

Taste: intense and soft, fresh and tannic.

Food matches: first courses with meat sauce, roasts, risotto, aged cheeses.

Pieve Santa Restituta is based in the town of Montalcino, in Tuscany, and was purchased by the Gaja family in 1994.The winery takes its name from the ancient parish church located in the center of the estate, whose foundations date back to the 4th century AD; historical sources attest that in the area it was vinified since the twelfth century.The property consists of 27 hectares of vineyards and 13 hectares of woods. The vineyards enjoy a particularly privileged position, with an altitude ranging from 320 to 350 meters above sea level, and a south and south-west exposure; these extend over hills of Eocene origin facing the sea and are characterized by a ventilated, dry microclimate that prevents the stagnation of humidity and allows the full ripening of the grapes. Since 1994, various redevelopment works have been carried out on the vineyards in line with the company philosophy aimed at preserving the heritage of the vines, the care of the soil through the production of compost, the absence of chemical products, the protection of the vines more old. The labels chosen for the wines are a tribute to the Pieve and reflect the classic colors of the Gaja family: white and black.

Gaja

Angelo Gaja, now also known as "the King of Barbaresco", entered the family business, founded in 1859 by his great-grandfather Giovanni, in 1961, after completing his studies at the Oenological Institute of Alba, the University of Montpellier and at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Turin. Following several trips to France, and after several discussions with his father, Angelo Gaja succeeded in introducing and developing some absolutely revolutionary practices in the context of the Langhe and Nebbiolo winemaking in this case, such as malolactic fermentation, l use of French barriques, temperature-controlled fermentation and cultivation of international vines. Furthermore, from 1961, he began the first experiments with thinning in the vineyard as well as the separate vinification of the grapes from the individual plots: Sorí San Lorenzo, Sorí Tildin and Costa Russi. In 1978 the Darmagi vineyard, traditionally cultivated in Nebbiolo, was replanted in Cabernet Sauvignon. This action was not dictated by Angelo's passion for Cabernet Sauvignon, but by the desire to demonstrate the great Italian wine potential to the world through the production of a great Cabernet aged in barriques. The case of the Darmagi vineyard was not the only one, in fact they followed the Chardonnay plant in the Gaja & Rey vineyard and also Sauvignon in the Alteni di Brassica vineyard. A white fly. Angelo Gaja has always been considered a modernist in a land of traditionalists, therefore, as expected, in the first years of activity there was no lack of criticism addressed to him; however, some clarifications in this regard are necessary. Unlike other modernists, in fact, Angelo Gaja makes an extremely moderate use of new wood; the maceration of the reds lasts up to 30 days, according to tradition and lastly it should be remembered that although the wines for the first year refine in new barriques for a third, the aging process always ends in large Slavonian or chestnut barrels, some of the which are between 80 and 120 years old. With the 1996 vintage Angelo Gaja deliberately declassified his DOCG Barbaresco and Barolo wines (with the exception of a label) to the DOC Langhe Rosso. Rumors wanted the decision to be made in order to cut Nebbiolo with international grapes. Gaja always denied, declaring on the contrary that, among the various reasons that had led him to make this decision, there was the will to be free to be able to include a small percentage of Barbera in his wines (typically a 5-6%) to support acidity. To date Anegelo Gaja, in addition to the properties in Barbaresco and Barolo, has vineyards in Montalcino (Pieve Santa Restituta) and Bolgheri (Ca 'Marcanda); his reputation is firmly established and he is certainly considered one of the greatest protagonists of the world wine scene. Recall that in 1985 Wine Spectator defined Gaja wines as nothing less than "the best wines ever produced in Italy".

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