1999 Gaja - Barbaresco 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Barbaresco/ Red / Nebbiolo
1999 Gaja - Barbaresco
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($185) Dark red. Aromatic nose combines currant, plum, tobacco and dried flowers. Sweet and rich but very closed today, with its spine and acidity in the foreground. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a hint of warmth.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 105

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Score: 94
Author: 50Rox
Tasted On: 07/26/2008
Drink Dates: >2005
Score: 98
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 07/17/2008
Score: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2003
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Classic nose of rose, tar, mint, and earth. Gaja has said that to love Barbaresco and Barolo one must love tannin. This wine epitomizes this comment because the wine carries quite a bit of hard angular tannin on its frame. The wine finishes with moderately length showing some earthy fruits beneath the tannic overlay.

About This Producer

Plain and simple, Angelo Gaja is the biggest name in Italian wine. The Gaja winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family, with Angelo Gaja running the operation since the 1960s. Angelo is credited with modernizing Barbaresco and Barolo wines, having pioneered the use of controlled-temperature fermentation (for reducing oxidation) and small-cask aging (to stabilize color and preserve fruitiness). Gaja is most well-known for his Barbarescos, though the three most sought-after wines, Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo have recently been reclassified from Barbaresco DOCG to Langhe DOC, giving Gaja more flexibility in the winemaking process. Strikingly profound and built to live for decades, Gaja's wines display opulence and elegance unmatched elsewhere in Italy. These wines, while harnessing modern technology, have a long-established track record, ensuring they will perform well both in the glass and on the auction block. For any collector considering Italian wines, Gaja should be the first name on the list.

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