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The Story

This wine made history when it became one of the earliest single-vineyard bottlings of Nebbiolo in Piedmont with the 1967 vintage. Sourced from the GAJA winery's top growing site, San Lorenzo, located just south of the village of Barbaresco in the famed cru Secondine, the wine is made with 95% Nebbiolo grapes and 5% Barbera. This practice hails back to the earliest era of Barbaresco, when the lighter-bodied Barbera was traditionally blended into the tannic Nebbiolo to temper its power and structure.

In 2000, with the release of the legendary 1996 vintage, GAJA decided to reclassify this wine and use the Langhe DOC appellation on the label, ommitting the Barbaresco DOCG. In part, the motivation for this change was purely semantic. As the number of single-vineyard bottlings grew in the 1990s, their popularity began to eclipse the importance of the traditional, classic Barbaresco, a cuvee or blend of many different vineyards. In a sense, the gesture was meant as a testament to the winery's steadfast belief that Barbaresco is one of the great wines of the world and should be accompanied rather than overshadowed by its single-vineyard fellows.

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Vintage 1967

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Harvesting of the three individual vineyards usually begins with Sori Tildin. Angelo bought the parcel in 1967 and named it after his grandmother, Clotilde Rey. The south-facing, sunny hill, sori in Italian, is always washed over by a light breeze. It is the highest of all the vineyards and, thanks to its location and inward-turned hill formation, it offers a very warm microclimate for the grapes.
The eponymous wine has refined fruity notes and is the most open of the three single-vineyard wines. Also Sori San Lorenzo, which Angelo bought already in 1964, faces the south. It is one of the family’s most beautiful vineyards. The wine from that vineyard has an aging potential of over 40 years, and the characteristic properties of the Nebbiolo are at their best here. Sori San Lorenzo is the strongest and most masculine wine of the three.
It usually requires a bottle aging time of at least 10-15 years, whereas Sori Tildin is known for its more feminine, elegant quality. Costa Russi, located at a lower altitude than Sori Tildin, has a cooler microclimate. Bought at the same time as Sori Tildin, Costa Russi is only a stone’s throw away. All three single-vineyard Barbarescos share their grape blend: 95% Nebbiolo and 5% Barbera.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Evolved

ending

Long, Smooth and Lingering

flavors

Smoky, Blackberry, Cherry, Coffee, Toasty and Meaty

nose

Intense, Seductive, Refined and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Mature, Medium-bodied, Rich, Elegant, Vivid and Silky tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Medium intense, brown yellow colour. Rich and intense nose of damsons, meat, smoke, and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, vivid, and smooth structure is formed by silky tannins, lively acidity and savory fruit character. A long and intense finish with damsons and prunes. Lovely finesse, great vibrancy and intensity for an old Barbaresco.
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GAJA BARBARESCO SORI SAN LORENZO 1967 With a vibrant and expressive label, this first vintage of this wine was a remarkable snapshot of history. It is one of the earliest single-vineyard bottlings in Piemonte. Made with 93% Nebbiolo and 7% Barbera approximately, the lighter Barbera grape softens the tannic Nebbiolo. While initially seeming flat, this wine rallied with the white truffle pasta, showing Burgundian elegance, along with more secondary Barbaresco spunk. On the nose, cherries, licorice, some dried herbs and sous-bois. Still rustic on the palate, it showcased the trademark essence of austere power that still is a hallmark of this wine. Again, slightly short finish, and there the harmony with the truffles, and the lovely refined tannins, in concert, lifted it to reveal more traces of it’s, at times, latent glory. 93 Points
  • 93p

Information

Origin

Barolo, Barbaresco

Other wines from this producer

Alteni di Brassaca

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Barolo Gromis

Barolo Sperss

Brunello di Montalcino Rennina

Conteisa

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Darmagi

Dolcetto d'Alba

Gaia & Rey Chardonnay

Gaja Ca´marcanda

Gaja Sito Moresco

Gromis Conteisa Cerequio

Rossj-Bass

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Sorí San Lorenzo 1967  ( Angelo Gaja )

"GAJA BARBARESCO SORI SAN LORENZO 1967
With a vibrant and expressive label, this first vintage of this wine was a remarkable snapshot of history. It is one of the earliest single-vineyard bottlings in Piemonte. Made with 93% Nebbiolo and 7% Barbera approximately, the lighter Barbera grape softens the tannic Nebbiolo. While initially seeming flat, this wine rallied with the white truffle pasta, showing Burgundian elegance, along with more secondary Barbaresco spunk. On the nose, cherries, licorice, some dried herbs and sous-bois. Still rustic on the palate, it showcased the trademark essence of austere power that still is a hallmark of this wine. Again, slightly short finish, and there the harmony with the truffles, and the lovely refined tannins, in concert, lifted it to reveal more traces of it’s, at times, latent glory. 93 Points
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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Sorí San Lorenzo 1967  ( Angelo Gaja )

"Medium intense, brown yellow colour. Rich and intense nose of damsons, meat, smoke, and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, vivid, and smooth structure is formed by silky tannins, lively acidity and savory fruit character. A long and intense finish with damsons and prunes. Lovely finesse, great vibrancy and intensity for an old Barbaresco."

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