1999 Gaja - Langhe Conteisa 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Langhe/ Red / Nebbiolo   |     Watch

IWC 92(+?)   WA 92   WS 90   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($166) Full red. Crystal lized redcurrant and plum on the nose. Suave on entry, then rather closed in the middle palate, hinting only at licorice and menthol. But this powerfully structured Barolo builds impressively toward the back end. The tannins are substantial but not dry.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 117

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Medium ruby. Gaja's 1999 Conteisa, from the Cerequio cru in La Morra, is the most approachable of this set of wines. It offers a delicate, perfumed nose, along with notes of ripe red fruit, spices and sweet toasted oak with excellent length as well as balance and fine tannins. Here the softer La Morra fruit seems a bit dominated by the oak.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Issue 7

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A cool and racy wine, with mineral, berry and red licorice character that turns to fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a ripe, rich finish. Slightly hot. Still needs a few years to come together. 1,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/21/2015
Rich and sinewy

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

157 bottles owned by 67 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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