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1997 Gaja - Barbaresco 750ml
1997 Gaja - Barbaresco
Italy - Piedmont - Barbaresco
Red / Nebbiolo
1997 Gaja - Barbaresco
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 93

Good full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, coffee, mint and oak, plus an exotic smoky note of torrefaction. Less complex than the '98 but very concentrated, with surprising acidity giving the wine lovely vinosity. Strong note of dark chocolate in the mouth. Finishes long and juicy, with building tannins.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 135

Gaja's 1997 Barbaresco is undoubtedly the finest he has yet made. An exquisite effort, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to an extraordinary nose of black cherry liqueur, smoke, licorice, mineral, and floral aromas. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, and loaded with fruit. Despite its precocious nature, there is abundant tannin, and thus 3-4 years of cellaring is required. It should age effortlessly for 25 years. A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja can not be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. This work of art is worth every cent it will fetch.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Super Barbaresco. Intense aromas of ripe plums, violets and berries lead to a full-bodied palate with chewy tannins. Long finish tastes of superripe fruit. Lovely and powerful wine. 5,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

96

Bryan F282 Tasted On: 01/02/2014

95

G Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 11/02/2013

Needed 1.5 hours to open up, but then hit its stride. Not a super long finish nor huge nuances, but a good wine nonetheless.

95

dav Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 10/27/2011

really wonderful now.

91

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2012+

Deep black cherry red with lots of thin legs showing trace amounts of color. A still developing bouquet of smoky plum, black cherry, earth, beginning signs of the telltale tar and roses, slight mint, sandalwood, leather, and clay. Relatively low acidity with still firm tannin (not objectionably so but more rustic in nature than other top flight GAJA wines). Fine levels of concentration. Needs another seven years and will last for a decade thereafter.

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