2000 SUGARILLE Santa Restituta Brunello

2000 SUGARILLE Santa Restituta Brunello

Postby Garagiste » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:39 am

2000 SUGARILLE Santa Restituta Brunello-- Please keep the discussion on topic. Off topic posts will be moved or deleted.
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Re: 2000 SUGARILLE Santa Restituta Brunello

Postby RobFrost » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:24 pm

Original offer letter:

Dear Friends,

This is one of those examples that was lost in the shuffle and you are the beneficiary of an apathetic US market that buys strictly on vintage (in this case - 1997, 2001 and 2004). Everything else must be bad, right? Well, not exactly...

With all the hubbub over the 2004 Sugarille Brunello (and the 2001), what about the 2000? A vintage that’s been completely overlooked and is $50-100/bottle less because of it.

Over the weekend, I was able to secure a terrific price on this wine, an original parcel of Gaja’s Sugarille from his Brunello estate – Pieve Santa Restituta. This is the top wine they produce at the property and it has been one of the most consistent performers in Brunello over the last 5-7 vintages. Like Gaja’s namesake portfolio in Piedmont, many are prone to bad-mouthing Pieve Santa Restituta (due to the very high bottle cost) but there is no denying the quality in the bottle. The 2004 version of Sugarille may be one of the highest rated Brunello wines ever when the US scores are released in the next few months but the tarrif is rumored to be opening above $200 (yikes). Is the 2004 three times better than this wine? I don’t think so.

For those of you inclined to cellar and drink your wine, the 2000 Sugarille is a prime candidate for bargain hunting at the most expensive level ($68 is not a bargain wine but for this producer it is). The very best material they had went into its production and basically everything left over was used in the 2000 Rennina, which has a tendency to show a baked quality because of it (the Rennina is the lesser sibling wine). I urge you to look up various TN’s on the 2000 Rennina or Sugarille (professional or other) and also the 2001 Sugarille to get an idea of the style – the 2000 version is not very far off the mark (Tanzer rated the 2000 “Rennina” 92pts but never tasted the Sugarille so you can use your imagination)...

Wine Advocate (Antonio Galloni): “($140); The 2000 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is dark in color as well as fresh in its aromas and flavors. It exudes a deep palate packed with smoke, tar, underbrush, tobacco and vibrant dark fruit in a style that marries power with finesse. A few years of cellaring are suggested, after which this wine will drink beautifully to at least age 20. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016. 92pts”

ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the source:

2000 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino “Sugarille” (Gaja) - $68.73 (WA92)
(compare at $95-140 in the US)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED at this price up to 12/person until we run out

To order: niki@garagistewine.com

This wine arrives with impeccable provenance in a few weeks (check OARS). It will ship during the first available shipping window this spring.

Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com

NO SALES TO RETAILERS OR WHOLESALERS

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
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Re: 2000 SUGARILLE Santa Restituta Brunello

Postby RobFrost » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:25 pm

2000 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (7/17/2009)
Obvious age on this wine, with a bit of browning on the edges. Still a touch of tannins that integrated with air time. Nice cherry fruit, with a touch of tobacco and chocolate on the finish. A lovely Brunello! Glad I have another...will wait a year or two before enjoying it. (92 pts.)
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