Based on 9 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "The Gaja 2017 Barbaresco is nuanced and delicate with ever-expanding aromatic intensity that amply fills the balloon of your glass. The wine takes a little while to open fully, and it slowly releases forest berry, powdered licorice, toasted aniseed, spearmint, dried lavender and rosemary essence to build a lasting bouquet. The mouthfeel is streamlined and almost steely, with an extremely linear approach that adds to its length and persistency. The tannins are tucked into the wine's delicate fiber, but you do feel the extra textural firmness of the hot vintage nonetheless. As we have seen in past vintages, more definition is added by a pretty mineral note that is a common thread in these wines from Gaja. (ML)" 92 points Vinous "The 2017 Barbaresco is a very pretty, gracious wine. Crushed red berries, dried flowers, mint and sweet spice all grace this decidedly airy, ethereal Barbaresco from the Gaja family. In 2017, the Barbaresco is a bit on the lighter side of things. In exchange, though, it will drink well right out of the gate. (AG)"
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In the winemaking world, the Gaja estate in Italy's Piedmont region stands as a vanguard of tradition, quality, and innovation. This esteemed winery, spanning over five generations, has firmly etched its mark on the international wine scene, acting as a precursor for the renaissance of Italian wines.
Known for his pioneering spirit, Angelo Gaja revolutionized winemaking in Piedmont, introducing single-vineyard wines, integrating Bordeaux varietals, anusingof barriques. These bold moves were instrumental in leading Barbaresco to international fame and reinventing Italian wines on a broader scale.
Among the standout vineyards is Costa Russi, nestled below Sori Tildin within the Barbaresco village. Spanning four hectares, this vineyard is characterized by its limestone clay and marl soils. The vines here, some over 65 years old, do not endure direct sunlight throughout the day due to the vineyard's southwest orientation. The resultant wines are distinguished by their delicate expression and pronounced fruit character, making them the most gentle of the Gaja Barbarescos.
Sori Tildin, just over three hectares in size, boasts dense soils that lock in moisture, thereby contributing to the unique quality of the wines. The vineyard primarily faces south, absorbing sunlight that helps to create wines of impressive balance. Tildin's wines bear a historical imprint; the vineyard's name honors Angelo's grandmother Clotilde (affectionately called Tilden), who insisted on securing the best Barbaresco vineyards after World War II.
With its direct southern exposure and proximity to the Tanaro River valley, Sori San Lorenzo enjoys warm air currents, leading to early ripening and harvest. The clay and limestone-rich soils in this nearly 3-hectare vineyard nurture some of Gaja's oldest vines. Wines from Sori San Lorenzo tend to be more austere when young and possess an impressive structure. With high tannin concentration, these wines demand a longer aging period and promise remarkable longevity.
The Sperss vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba, a nostalgic addition to the Gaja portfolio in 1988, is a testament to the family's history with Barolo. Stretching roughly 12 hectares, this vineyard produces Barolo wines noted for their firm, tannic structure. The first vintage of Sperss was in 1989, marking a significant milestone for Gaja in their return to Barolo production.
These vineyards collectively capture the essence of Gaja's commitment to qualityr innovation-driven approach, and the authentic expression of Piedmont's terroir, making GAJA a pinnacle of Italian winemaking.