Bright dark red. Highly perfumed aromas of red berries, red cherry, flowers, minerals, gunflint, leather, graphite and spices. Suave, deeply spicy and penetrating, with terrific extract and intensity to the juicy, pure red berry flavors. This compelling Brunello offers a silky texture, superb intensity and captivating inner-mouth perfume, finishing with compelling sweetness of tannins and outstanding breadth and length. Suavissimo! 95+ points. (ST)
The 2001 Brunellos show the pedigree of the superior vintage. Gaja’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is the more potent of the Brunellos. It displays a darker color along with notes of tar, smoke, spices, toasted oak and dark fruit on a full-bodied frame with terrific expansiveness and length on the palate. A lingering note of licorice frames the finish of this beautiful, deeply expressive Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021. (AG)
Sugarille is one of two single-vineyard wines produced by Angelo Gaja at Pieve Santa Restituta, the Montalcino estate he acquired in 1994. The vines here are planted in calcareous clay soils and, in 2001, they yielded a wine with deep concentration of flavor. Initial scents of crushed black pepper and dried cherries evolve over time into dark, savory fruit with a powerfully ferrous edge that frames the wine's rich midpalate. It feels altogether sleek and complex, with a length of flavor that's propelled from the core into a stony finish that lasts. This will age effortlessly for 15 to 20 years, even longer.
Aromas of dried fruit, smoky wood and hints of red licorice. Full-bodied, with lots of jammy fruit and a long, soft finish. Big and juicy. This needs time. Best after 2009. (JS)
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