1997 Gaja - Langhe Sori Tildin 1.5L

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IWC 95-96   WA 96   WS 95   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95-96

Full ruby. Profound yet rather reticent nose hints at blackberry and violet; less roasted than the Costa Russi and more precise. Lush, thick and large-scaled, with great penetrating sweetness. Voluptuous and mouthfilling yet sharply delineated at the same time. Amazingly thick, seamless Barbaresco, finishing with lush tannins and uncanny persistence. This too has filled out and harmonized since the first time I tasted it.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Some members of my tasting group thought this the most difficult of the wines, but to me it was the most elegant and nuanced. The color here is just a bit less intense than in Costa Russi. Sori Tildin is a totally different wine, it is more delicate, almost Burgundian, with a very aromatic nose of flowers, spices, and mint followed by intense flavors of cherries in liqueur and a superb, caressing finish that seems to never end. With air, the wine shows the unmistakable aroma of truffles. My favorite of the three wines, I found the 97 Sori Tildin to be truly profound. I also noted that it was the most "Piedmontese" of the wines.

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

There's harmony and grandeur to this red, with loads of fresh raspberry, plus violet, lilac and mint. Full-bodied, with velvety, rich tannins and a long finish. Refined and very well-done. 800 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/31/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Drinking a bit rustic with raspberry flavors after 3 hours of air. Lovely wine, but still a baby. We will have to wait and see what evolves in five years or so.

Average rating: 95, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

56 bottles owned by 14 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Nebbiolo


Big, dark, and bold, Nebbiolo is a robust variety with heavy tannins and a sometimes bitter profile. While areas outside Italy (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, California, and South Africa) have begun cultivating Nebbiolo, the Italian region of Piedmont is where it reaches its greatest height. It is here, the historic home to Nebbiolo, where the finest Barolos and Barbarescos are produced. Many winemakers have compared this grape to Pinot Noir for its difficult growing habits and unpredictable cellar and aging behavior. Typical descriptors for Nebbiolo include roses, violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, and tobacco.

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