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  • Country ranking ?

    282
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Coffee Braised Short Ribs

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Eparker 93 points: The 2011 Barbaresco opens to a dark garnet color and shows immediate opulence and intensity where its aromas are concerned. There’s an undeniable level of finesse and focus here that goes against all the things you might assume about a warmer vintage like 2011. The mouthfeel is perfectly tempered and smooth with an incredible sense of liveliness and dimension. Fruit is sourced from Gaja’s many vineyard holdings. Drink: 2017-...

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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

Fermentation: The grapes from each lot are fermented separately in stainless-steel vats for approximately 20 days, depending on the vintage. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is racked to barriques, where malolactic fermentation takes place.

Aging: After fermentation is complete, the separate lots are then aged for one year in barriques (20% new, with a balance in one and two year old casks). The 14 lots are then blended and racked ...

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Cardamom, Toasty and Mineral

nose

Youthful, Ripe, Refined and Charming

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Vivid, Refined, Round, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Impressive

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is brick red and medium. On the nose it is youthful, charming, complex, refined and ripe. The taste is refined, elegant, round, toasty,voluptuous,robust, with silky tannins, and average in acidity, medium-bodied, with perfectly balanced, well-structured,satin texture structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has chocolate, blackcurrant, mineral, toasty and blackberry flavours. The finish is long, lingering, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is intelligent and impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.
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Information

Origin

Piedmont, Barbaresco

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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Inside Information

eRobertParker.com #213
Jul 2014
Monica Larner 93 Drink: 2017 - 2035 $66-$250
The 2011 Barbaresco opens to a dark garnet color and shows immediate opulence and intensity where its aromas are concerned. There’s an undeniable level of finesse and focus here that goes against all the things you might assume about a warmer vintage like 2011. The mouthfeel is perfectly tempered and smooth with an incredible sense of liveliness and dimension. Fruit is sourced from Gaja’s many vineyard holdings. Drink: 2017-2035. 

I have some happy news to report from the exciting world of Angelo Gaja. The estate that was notoriously difficult (if not impossible) to visit for those outside the wine trade is now opening its doors to the public. There is a steep entrance fee, but the scheme makes perfect sense in my option. Any wine lover can make an appointment to tour the estate and sample wine for up to 300 euros a person. The money must be paid to charity as none of the proceeds go to Gaja. If you have a favorite non-profit organization, make a donation in that amount. Once you send receipt of payment to Gaja’s tasting room staff, your visit will be granted. It sounds like a fair exchange to me.
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