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1998 Gaja Langhe Sperss

  • 90 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
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SKU: 153259-1998

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($225; these vines are 36 years old) Saturated, deep ruby-red. Perfumed, multidimensional aromas of plum, currant, tar, smoke and camphor. Sweet on entry, then superconcentrated and rich in the middle palate, with great chewy depth and compelling inner-mouth aromas. Like the San Lorenzo, this resounds in the mouth and on the very long finish. The sappy sweetness carries through on the aftertaste, ending with a suggestion of marzipan.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Dark ruby. Fantastic, promising nose of tar, licorice, minerals, and toasted oak. This mid-weight wine is fairly soft, but is also totally shut down and inexpressive on the palate today and seems to be at an awkward stage in its development.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: 38443
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, strawberries, blackberries and minerals. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Just the right amount of wood and fruit. 2,800 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Aged in barrique for 12 months followed by another year in large oak casks, this deep dark brooding wine gives off soy sauce, licorice, dark fruits, blueberry, and smoke aromas at present. Thick and rich with serious tannins (but I think they will ameliorate with time).
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Very nice wine. Lighter than I expected.
    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Wine was tight, despite decanting and time in the bottle. Was clean and fresh, but did not show much either on the nose or on the palate. Was hoping for more, like bottles I have had of the same wine in the past.
    Author: Brewcreu
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1237 bottles owned
  • 170 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 170 collectors)