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  • Country ranking ?

    406
  • Producer ranking ?

    43
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

Sperss is a term affectionately used to denote nostalgia for precious things lost with time - a homage to the origins of the winery and the generations who built it. When the Gaja family decided to stop acquiring fruit from the other growers and bottle only estate-grown grapes, in 1961, it was a bold and difficult move. It would help to ensure a high standard of quality, but it also meant that for the first time in the winery's history, it would not be able to produce a Barolo. In 1988, nearly three decades after that fateful decision was made, the GAJA winery purchased a 30-acre farm in Serralunga d'Alba and rechristened it Sperss.

Lying on the eastern side of the appellation, where the appellation's oldest subsoils (dating back to the Helvetian era), Serralunga d'Alba produces what many consider to be one of the greatest expressions of Barolo. Tar, rose petal, and earth are the classic flavors of Serralunga that define this coveted and highly collectible expression of Nebbiolo. The GAJA winery also produces a distillate from the pomace of this wine, Grappa Sperss.

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Love the aromas of plums, flowers and dried mushrooms here. Wet soil and lavender too. Full body, firm tannins and a long, delicious finish. The combination of delicious fruit and velvety-textured tannins gives this wine form and structure.

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This fresh yet lush bottling of Sperss, which translates to “nostalgia,” rests its sweet red fruit on a bed of savory notes, including cypress, warm saddle leather, fresh-cut herbs and truffles. Balanced and evocative, the ‘11 Sperss coats your palate in polished tannins as it builds to a velvety, lingering crescendo. In 1988, Gaja purchased the Sperss vineyard in Barolo, which sits on the historic and celebrated Marenca-Rivetta site in Serralunga; this wine is Angelo's most brooding and concentrated expression, displaying all the Serralunga characteristics of asphalt, tar, smoke and spice, and marked with prominent ripe, dark fruit and ironclad tannins. A blend of 94% Nebbiolo with the remainder Barbera, this wine ferments in stainless steel for three weeks and ages for a year each in barrique and botti before bottling

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Origin

Piedmont, Barbaresco

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