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  • Country ranking ?

    498
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Braised Beef Bourguignon with bacon and mushrooms

The Story

14 vineyards situated in the municipality of Barbaresco. The land, at a height between 250 and 330 metres above the sea level, covers a surface of 21.4 hectares. The plants are 40 years old on average.The grapes coming from each single vineyard, seprately undergo fermentation, maceration and ageing in oak for 12 months. Then they are blended and further aged in oak for another 12 months.

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Vintage 1961

Barbaresco Angelo Gaja

1961 – The first important vintage, with alcohol levels reaching fourteen and fifteen percent. But to repeat this, we had to wait another ten years. AG

The veritable king of neighbouring village Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja, is a man who has undeniably done the most for the international renown of Piedmont wines. Largely due to his efforts, the world knows that Italy produces high quality and high priced wines. A colourful and ebullient personality, Gaja is a third-generation winemaker, but before his arrival, the house of Gaja was just another small-scale producer among many. Gaja recalls the early days:
–The land in Barbaresco was as good as free. My grandfather even got into buying land. My father, Giovanni Gaja, knew the terroir in Barbaresco, so he knew exactly where to buy the best plots and best grapes. First vintage of Barbaresco was produced by Giovanni Gaja, the founder, in 1859.
If knowledge of terroir is the domain of ancestors, the key to Angelo Gaja’s success is above all marketing savvy. He has studied both winemaking and business. Combined with his studies abroad, most notably in France, these paved Barbaresco’s road to world success. Gaja’s natural charisma, arrogance and the sheer volume and force of his opinions have made him

The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery's current owner.
Angelo Gaja took over the family business in 1970 and, as he says:
–The challenge was to maintain the basic power and depth of Nebbiolo while polishing the wines to give them richer colour, fuller fruit, better balance and a more refined style."


Vineyard soil: calcareous marls (white terrains)

Grape varieties: 100% Nebbiolo


Winemaking: fermentation with the skins occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures for three weeks.

Ageing: the wine is aged in barriques for twelve months and then in large oak casks for an additional twelve months.


Via Torino 36, 12050 Barbaresco
Tel. +39 0173 635255
Fax +39 0173 635256

info@gajawines.com

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Tasting note

color

Light

ending

Long, Flavorful and Spicy

nose

Intense, Complex and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Rich, Elegant, Round and Sweet

Written Notes

Brick with orange rim. Narrow nose, lacks fruit, towering acidity, either needed a lot more air than it had any chance to get, or a tired bottle, way past it's best. Didn't give anything compared to other bottles.
  • 75p
D 30 min / G 1 h Moderately pale tawny colour with plenty of fine sediment. Intense nose with dark berries – mostly brambles and typical waxiness. Less complex but vital. Fleshy palate is dry with very firm texture, vivid acidity and ripe tannins. Intense dark fruity tones are balancing well the taste. Long finish. Not the most complex wine but holding well still. No further ageing.
  • 90p

Information

Origin

Barolo, Barbaresco

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

30min

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Barbaresco 1961  ( Angelo Gaja )

"Brick with orange rim. Narrow nose, lacks fruit, towering acidity, either needed a lot more air than it had any chance to get, or a tired bottle, way past it's best. Didn't give anything compared to other bottles. "

4y 5m ago

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Barbaresco 1961  ( Angelo Gaja )

"D 30 min / G 1 h
Moderately pale tawny colour with plenty of fine sediment. Intense nose with dark berries – mostly brambles and typical waxiness. Less complex but vital. Fleshy palate is dry with very firm texture, vivid acidity and ripe tannins. Intense dark fruity tones are balancing well the taste. Long finish. Not the most complex wine but holding well still. No further ageing.
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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Barbaresco 1961  ( Angelo Gaja )

"A/B level fill, perfect cork. Garnet with broad brick rim. Leaps out of the glass, liquorice, roses, tar, leather, very complex, touch of coffee beans. Very fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively fruit, vey pure, great balance, fantastic mature texture, stable, hardwood, increadible long length. Fantastic wine. "

4y 6m ago

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