1999 Gaja - Barbaresco 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Barbaresco/ Red / Nebbiolo   |     Watch

WS 94   WA 91   IWC 90   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A super wine. Fabulous, bright aromas of berry and spices, with hints of cinnamon. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a gorgeous finish. Almost as good as the 1997. 5,800 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

Medium ruby. Gaja's 1999 Barbaresco opens with a delicate, perfumed nose followed by sweet red fruit, tar, licorice, wet earth and smoke flavors with excellent length and overall harmony although it can't quite match the sheer appeal of the 2000 and 2001 versions. With some air it is approachable now, although a few years of cellaring will be beneficial. It should drink well to age twenty.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Issue 7

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 07/17/2008

Rating: 94
Author: 50Rox
Tasted On: 07/26/2008
Drink Dates: >2005

Rating: 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.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

461 bottles owned by 147 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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