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  • Country ranking ?

    325
  • Producer ranking ?

    99
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now

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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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Barbaresco Angelo Gaja

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 and Gentle

flavors

Earthy, Floral and Dried-fruit

taste

High in Acidity, Medium-bodied and Sweet

Written Notes

This wine was made by Angelo Gaja’s father, Giovanni—before the DOC rules were put in place in 1966, so there is no DOC on the label. Angelo remarked that all the 1958 Nebbiolo would have had some Barbera included at that time. And if you do find a bottle of 1958 on the market, there are several different labels, because the wines were bottled to order over a period of something like 14 years, and during this time the labels changed. In those days, there was no single-cru concept, and Angelo’s father Giovanni bottled different lots of this wine, labeling his best blend of the best plots “Infernot.”

  • 96p

'1958 Gaja Barbaresco, 86p

I wrote this tasting note on a 1958 Gaja Barbaresco about two years back. Now I just read in European Fine Wine Magazine, issue No. 4, that Angelo Gaja himself has stated that this wine has never been made. But after seeing a picture of the bottle he realized that this wine was specially made by his father to celebrate his birth in 1958. I do not know how many botles that excists of this, or was made, but all the more fun to have tasted it. And the bottle I tasted was far better than the one they had it seems.


Very light, orangy brick red colour with plenty of sediments. According to Andreas Larssons words - this wine had amazingly intense oven-baked banana aromas in the glass. Then came more leathery, tarry and dried raisiny aromas. Also some volatility but not disturbingly much. Quite light although medium- bodied body weight with high acidity and mellow gentle tannins are combined nicely with sweet red fruits and high alcohol forming pleasant moderately long finish. Wine is definitely declining but still intense and very smooth'

  • 86p
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Origin

Piedmont, Barbaresco

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