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  • Country ranking ?

    121
  • Producer ranking ?

    25
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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This is all about finesse with power. Such great length here with ever so refined tannins and precise strawberry, cedar, dried-rose and mineral character. Medium body. Fresh and vivid finish. Hard not to drink now, but wait until at least 2021.

  • 96p

A blend from fourteen vineyards, a clear mission for a Barbaresco version which almost reaches perfection. Very low yields, a nearly crunchy fruit.
A great richness on the nose with aromas of vanilla, boisé notes, flower petals and fruits of undergrowth. The mouthfeel is stunning on the take-off, then it becomes majestic thanks to a very long, sweet and perfect balance.

  • 92p

I tasted this wine over two sittings, one at the winery and one at my home office a few weeks later. Although I can't claim any extraordinary differences between the two sessions, I noticed a few minimal shifts that are essential to understanding the wine's future aging ability. The 2016 Barbaresco starts off slow at first, showing a small margin of aromatic evolution in the glass. But come back two hours later, and you can almost hear the soft sounds of the symphony playing just below the surface. The 2016 vintage is characterized by the solid intensity and firmness of its aromas, which transcend fruit and veer toward balsamic herb, licorice, tar and smoke instead. The tannins offer a moment of sweetness and softness, before you are aware of their undeniable firmness. In all, there is a certain glossiness or satiny quality to the mouthfeel that underlines the wine's carefully crafted integration. I would describe this as a classic and also a somewhat austere Barbaresco that fully deserves extra cellar time to stretch those tight muscles and grow in volume. This wine will award those who wait.

During my visit to the Gaja estate this May, I preview tasted samples of the single-vineyard 2016 Barbaresco Costa Russi, the 2016 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo, the 2016 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn, the 2015 Barolo Conteisa, the 2015 Barolo Sperss and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Darmagi. I tasted these wines before they went into bottle, and they were not ready for review. I am returning to Barbaresco later this summer and will deliver my full notes from the Gaja family in a second report to follow. For now, I am only publishing a review of the 2016 Barbaresco and the white wines.

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Origin

Piedmont, Barbaresco

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