Deep ruby in color. Rich, complex aromas of ripe fruit (plums and wild cherries), violets and hints of cloves and tobacco. Elegant structure and ripe, well-integrated tannins. This wine is normally more austere in youth than Rennina due to the slightly firmer tannic structure; but after 5-7 years, its depth and concentration lead to a complex flavor profile of great balance.
"The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is also exceptional. Firm tannins support a core of dark, expressive fruit in a wine that impresses for its depth, richness and concentration. Black cherries, tar, licorice, smoke and incense emerge over time as the Sugarille shows its typical brooding personality. Layers of fruit continue to build to the huge, enveloping finish. The Sugarille is another wine clearly built for aging. As is typically the case, the Sugarille is more tannin and vibrant than the Rennina. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-red. Inviting aromas of dark cherry, blueberry, minerals, and violet; the nose is much deeper and more complex than Gaja's two other Brunellos. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration to offer exceptionally pure and deep flavors of minerally dark berries and plums. Finishes extremely long, suave and saline with an impressive penetrating quality to the nuanced dark fruit and mineral flavors. 93(+?) points "
International Wine Cellar
"Violet, blackberry, black cherry, spice and earth aromas and flavors course through this rich red. Deftly oaked and decidedly modern, this remains harmonious and polished, with fine length. Best from 2016 through 2029."
"Very pretty aromas of blackberries and milk chocolate follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a silky texture. Hazelnuts too. Drink or hold.