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2001 Gaja Langhe Sperss

abv 14.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 IWC
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SKU: 153259-2001

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Deep, saturated red. Very rich aromas of plum, redcurrant, menthol, graphite and nutty oak, along with a cool minerality. Wonderfully rich, layered and deep; lush and suave but with energy and spine. Really packed with berry, spice, earth and mineral flavors. Finishes dense, broad and very long, with a touch of austerity.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Superclean, with raspberry, plum and cedar aromas and flavors. Just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very fine indeed. Stylish. 2,800 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2001 Sperss is the alter ego to the Conteisa. It is a decidedly powerful, virile wine with plenty of Serralunga muscle in its powerful, brooding personality. Tobacco, mint, crushed flowers, licorice and leather are some of the notes that add complexity and depth to the dark fruit. Layers of flavor build to the explosive finish. Readers will have to be patient with the Sperss. All it needs is time.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2031
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: Winelover
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    A firm but very approachable wine. Tannins are present and almost silky/ subtle and wine has a dark berry, chocolate/espresso finish that lasts. Drank over 4 hours and was great to the end
    Author: jsp2000
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Garnet in color. High rim variation. Medium legs. Prune, Cherry. On palate Prune, Cherry, Tar. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish. Paired well with pasta, veal and fish.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Ready and beautiful. Drink now while its fruit still dominates. Fades after 45 minutes in glass.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2015
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Sperss is a thirty-acre vineyard in the Serralunga commune of Barolo. It consists of 94% Nebbiolo and 6% Barbera. It was fermented in stainless steel prior to spending one year in barrique and an additional year in large oak casks. The 2001 is a deep ruby with thin lightly colored legs. Full of powerful scents but with such great dexterity that it haunts more than bludgeons you. Concentrated but still reserved aromas of milk, a bit of espresso, sweet black cherries, mint, vanilla, and some chocolate. Lots of incredibly controlled but powerful fruit nicely cabined with very fine acidity. Tannins are firm but not intrusive due to their silky texture and the wine?s wealth of flavor. I bought this wine for my personal cellar.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025+
    Author: Daniel B
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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Piedmont, which literally means “foot of the mountain,” produces some of Italy's finest red wines. Its clay, limestone, and sand soils are home to the legendary Barolo and Barbaresco wines, made from the extremely age-worthy Nebbiolo variety. Dolcetto and Barbera are considered to be more “workhorse” varieties, and produce the largest quantity of wine. The region is tucked in the cool northwest corner of the country, surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Fog often blankets the region, ensuring long, cool growing seasons. 

Nebbiolo is the king of Piedmont, and usually the only grape in the Barolo and Barbaresco wines of this Italian region. A continental climate brings long summers and a substantial amount of rainfall, allowing for extended time on the vine and optimal ripeness. As a result, Nebbiolo is high in both acid and tannin, bringing a beautiful balance to these wines and making them suitable for long-term ageing. The typical flavors of Nebbiolo include red currant, strawberry, roses, leather, and anise.

In Barolo, with its high altitude, Nebbiolo develops perfumed aromas of sour cherries, herbs, and dried flowers. Barolo DOCG wines must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least 18 months in oak before release. Further ageing in bottle adds complex aromas of truffle, tar, and leather. Nebbiolo from Barbaresco is less perfumed and must be aged for a minimum of two years with at least nine months in oak before release.  Some of the best examples of this variety come from Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, and Roberto Voerzio.

The delicate aromas, bold tannin, and high acid of Nebbiolo pair best with foods high in butter, fat and olive oil. Classic examples include truffles, prosciutto, boar ragu, pork loin, and a range of cheeses, but it is also a great match for Asian cuisine.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 531 bottles owned
  • 118 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 118 collectors)