2004 Gaja - Barbaresco 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Barbaresco/ Red / Nebbiolo   |     Watch

JR 18.5   IWC 92   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Very similar colour to the 06, maybe a little darker, more garnet. Smells more youthful just as it looks more youthful. Smoky sweet red cherry. Fragrant and delicately spiced, but less expressive than the 06. Touch of spicy oak and oak sweetness. Amazing to have so much depth and richness and velvet but within a more direct and structured and yet really dense and powerul wine.  Definitely more held back than the 06 at the moment though there is that fine sweetness underneath. More of a powerhouse than the 06 and the oak seems to show more. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Julia Harding MW


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($185) Good medium-deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, truffle, flowers and earth, with a whiff of Burgundian funk. Silky and elegant, with a seamless texture to its red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes long and suave, with fine-grained tannins. Lovely Barbaresco.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 135

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Drink Dates: 2015-2035

Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews

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Collector Data For This Wine

1070 bottles owned by 238 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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