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  • Country ranking ?

    397
  • Producer ranking ?

    125
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • 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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Wine Information

1964 – A large crop, one of the largest. Conditions in autumn were perfect. Growers could leave the grapes on the vine to become ripe and harvest went on until mid-November.
A long harvest and a large crop in terms of quality. It wasn’t like 1961 but the quality of 1964 was quite good. AG



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

Medium, Brick red and Clear

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Coffee, Nutty, Tar, Cherry, Plum and Smoky

nose

Complex, Ripe, Volatile and Mature

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, High tannin, Balanced, Complex, Tired, Light, Elegant and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

The 1964 vintage was the first allowed to be included in the DOC after it was created in 1966, and there would have been a small amount of Barbera included in the wine. At this time, Angelo, who had joined the company in 1961, was still working in the vineyards, learning the ropes. 1964 is described by the family as an “excellent vintage both for quality and quantity.”

  • 92p

A level fill, cork only half soaked, bright ruby, orange rim, lots of sediments. Pepper and dark fruits, liquorice, intence leather and tobacco. Superb balance, fresh acidity, very precise, perfect mouthfeel, tannins almost gone, complex, actually quite elegant Barbaresco, very long finish. 94

  • 94p
Pale, amber colour. Pronounced, intense and complex nose with dried fruits, nuttiness, toffee, sugared coffee beans. Light-bodied style with gentle palate showing still some tannic structure. Raisiny, nutty character. Moderately long finish.
  • 85p
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Origin

Piedmont, Barbaresco

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