1998 Gaja - Barbaresco 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Barbaresco/ Red / Nebbiolo   |     Watch

WS 92   WA 91   IWC 91   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Loads of cherry, raspberry and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with soft, well-knit tannins and a long, long finish. A modern and delicious Barbaresco. 5,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 1998 Barbaresco is a beautiful effort displaying fleshy, oaky, deep black cherry, raspberry, tar, and truffle scents with subtle new oak in the background. Dense, voluptuously-textured, and full-bodied, with gorgeous overall symmetry, and beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol and wood.

Drink Dates: 2001-2016
Author: Robert Parker

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Good deep medium red. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, mocha, licorice and dried flowers. Dense and chewy with extract; compelling, sweet flavors of currant and licorice. Tannins are sweeter than those of the '99 Barbaresco. Finishes with a suggestion of nutty oak.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 105

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/15/2008
absurdly good after 40 minutes with Steak and potatos....

Rating: 94
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/09/2015
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Has aged well. Still with ample tannins. Earthy nodse but subtle fruit on the palate. Truffle. Olive. Well balanced and paired well with Kofte.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

763 bottles owned by 184 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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