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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 15 
TypeRed
ProducerGaja (web)
VarietyNebbiolo
Designationn/a
VineyardSorž Tildžn
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
SubRegionLanghe
AppellationLanghe DOC

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2024 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gaja Sori Tildin on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful bouquet with coffee, tobacco and sweet spices. On the palate some chocolate as well, red fruits, good acidity and also some noticeable sweetness. Soft tannin with still a pleasant bite. This bottle was in its maturity stage. mid life. (1265 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 7/15/2013 & rated 94 points: Sunday at Ken's; 7/14/2013-7/15/2013: Still a monster of a wine. This was served a bit too cold, but warmed up quickly on a hot day. The nose has cherries, cherry pie, roses and tar. This is deep and yet still tight. With air/warmth the layers start to unwind. Just a beautiful wine, but I would wait on this for a while. (2715 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 3/13/2013 & rated 93 points: Winemakers Dinner With Gaia Gaja @ Operakallaren, Stockholm (Operakallaren, Stockholm): This wine is starting to come around, after years of deep sleep, and slowly showing its true colors.
Lovely blackberries emerges from the glass.
Secondary layers of black cherries, some smoke and tar, stable tones and a lovely typical Gaja vineyard Brabaresco perfume.
On the palate this wine is big, still tightly woven, but slowly showing more.
Itís a very complex wine, with tight and dense Nebbiolo fruit, fullbodied with good tannins and backbone!
A true mouth full of a wine.
This will hang around for many more years I believe.
Will perhaps not go to the history books as one of the greatest vintages of this wine, but still a very lovely Barbaresco.
Had it at dinner with Gaia Gaja.
93 for tonights performance (the wine that is, not Gaia :-). (3401 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 3/13/2013 & rated 93 points: Sori Tildin šr verkligen ett vin som jag šlskar. Dock har jag inte tidigare provat -99. Dracks pŚ en middag tillsammans med Gaia Gaja pŚ Operakšllaren i Stockholm.
Har en doft av bjŲrnbšr, kŲrsbšr, viol, rosor, tjšra, tobak och bŲrjar fŚ en del mognadstoner i form av stall och mull. Fortfarande relativt knutet med pŚtagliga tanniner. Givetvis ett všldigt bra vin men kanske inte den bšsta ŚrgŚngen. Har tidigare druckit -97, -01 och -04 som šr i en annan klass. I vilket fall som helst en stor behŚllning att dricka det och samtidigt prata med Gaia om det. (2775 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 2/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Light ruby color with great clarity. Great nose of floral, rose petals, cinammon, baking spices and cherries. The nose was probably a bit above what this wine showed on the palate though. Mostly cherry and red berry flavors on the palate with medium acid and tannin. I will say that the mouthfeel of this wine was really special. Very luxurious. With that said, the finish was just ok. I enjoyed this wine quite a bit but once you factor price into the equation, it delivered below expectations. (2570 views)
 Tasted by liberlibri on 12/13/2012 & rated 95 points: This beast poured purple to the rim. Iron, violets, earth, tar, cherry, currants, and licorice on opening. After a time, it opened up to express additional accents of plum, cedar, and graphite. Through it all...incredible, but it's just barely ready to drink now, with firm but accessible tannins. However, this wine is really just now entering its drinking period and I'm betting will be incredible in 5-10 years. (1877 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 9/23/2011: This was opened about 6 hours before drinking but was still incredibly tight and monolithic. Showed mostly a singular red fruit note with a subtle floral note that built up towards the end. Needs a serious decant. (2330 views)
 Tasted by DKelly on 4/18/2010 & rated 98 points: outstanding (3021 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 2/23/2010 & rated 89 points: Gaja Sorž Tildžn vertical 1970 to 2005 (Institute of Directors, London): Reticent on the nose, thick, plush, packed with spicy fruit, but ferociously tannic again (3251 views)
 Tasted by sdr on 9/27/2009 & rated 93 points: I have almost zero experience with Gaja's Barbaresco and so I was intently curious to see if I agreed with the criticism of those such as John Gilman who claim the new generation has made the wine too modern, too oaky and too generic. After tasting a Brunello from Valdicava for which I could see that argument, I just could not find it in this bottle. If this is modern nebbiolo, give me more. At age 10, it's quite approachable and there is even a bit of orange at the rim. The bouquet is most pleasant with dark fruits and some interesting spice hard to specify. Medium full but not inpenetrable and very well balanced. It's the complexity which makes this bottle quite compelling. Smooth and sexy yet there's something unique about the flavor so the oak and ripeness do not dominate. Lovely stuff. (2918 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/1/2009 flawed bottle: Despite Gaja's usual 9 inch long cork, this guy leaked. Wine was flabby and lacked any character. Drank against a '98 Spress and an '04 Barbaresco and was a distant third. Disappointing at best. (2936 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/26/2009 & rated 97 points: Spectacular wine just now coming into its own (3093 views)
 Tasted by LPskeleton on 8/2/2008 & rated 92 points: Extremely floral, purple in nature w blueberry and cherry. On the palate this is very round. Chocolate and black cherry dominate with wet leaf poking through. Overall very elegant, soft and caressing with medium length. Less tannin than the 99 san lorenzo. 92+ (3006 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 2/25/2008 & rated 94 points: Gaja Seminar (Binny's South Loop, chicago IL): nose: beautiful floral notes just permeate in the glass with anise, herbal tones, cherry, and tar notes to accompany them. Really nice and deep nose

taste: nice and firm feel on the mouth with herbal notes, floral tones, cherries, tar, and anise

overall: filled with elegance and finesse, this is just a tremendous wine that leaves you with an amazingly long finish (3720 views)
 Tasted by Claudio161 on 2/25/2008 & rated 95 points: Binny's South Loop Gaja Tasting (Binny's South Loop Chicago Illinois): Color: Medium dark red wine, clarified
Nose: Syrupy/honey/port-esque notes then you aerate the wine some more and it starts to change and evolve - some fruits but lots and lots of floral and herbs.
Taste: Heavier and some acid on the finish when compared to the Costa Russi, but still is all seems to be assembled and coming together in an excellent way. Super floral notes kept hitting me while tasting. This was like drinking liquid flowers!
Overall: My wine of the night. 95+ points- could be a 97 or 98 point wine in time. (3652 views)
 Tasted by TDV on 3/22/2007 & rated 95 points: Armit Italian tasting (Lansdowne Club): Compared to the 2003 this is just beginning to knit together a little more, and resolve itself very slightly. Still tons of everything (fruit, acid, tannin) but a little softer, more background earthy truffliness. (4090 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 10/7/2004: Gaja tasting and a bonus Beaucastel (Seattle, WA, USA): Wow, now we are into the big time. This has an explosive nose tha leaps out of the glass. Quite tarry on the nose with some vanilla and loads of violet and raspberry. Wow, what a palate! Long stunning with no rough edges. (5473 views)
 Tasted by JeffGMorris on 9/22/2004 & rated 86 points: Gaja tasting at A Southern Season: Purple colored and very smooth with good balance. Barrique aging/toastiness seems obvious but not excessive. 50+11+11+7+7 = 86. (5273 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 3/11/2004 & rated 93 points: Gaja Tasting hosted by Angelo Gaja (The Peninsula Hotel- Chicago): This was a fantastic wine also; but, I did not think it was in the same league as the Sperss. Soft aromas of saddle leather and red fruit. Good complexity but a little softer than the Sperss. Notes of ****ake mushroom, resin and black cherry. Needs time. 93 points (5873 views)
 Tasted by rickdelucio on 3/10/2004 & rated 95 points: 95% Nebbiolo, 5% Barbera and my favorite of the event. If the Sperss was about power, this wine is about elegance. Beautiful overflowing nose of perfume, tar, licorice, green tea, and bing cherries. Mouthfilling cherry licorice and coca sensations with terricly balanced acidity and a Pinot-esque echoing finish. (3732 views)
 Tasted by Blair Curtis on 3/6/2004 & rated 97 points: The biggest nose of all the Gajas tasted tonight. A nose you can't forget - clean and pure with great fragrance (fruit merged with flowers). On the palate, a melange of perfectly ripened red fruits, truffles, cherry pie and a touch of tar/smoke. Incredible balance. And what a presence on the palate - coats the entire mouth and wants to stay there! Long, layered finish where ultra-fine tannins appear to confirm the aging potential of this beauty. Tremendous. I actually bucked up and sprung for this wine for my cellar. (4365 views)

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Vinous, Checking in on the 1999 Barbarescos (Aug 2014)
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Vinous, Checking in on the 1999 Barbarescos (Aug 2014)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Barolo 1999: The Forgotten Vintage (May 2006)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2004, IWC Issue #117
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105
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Vinous, November/December 2000, IWC Issue #93
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Gaja

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1999 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorž Tildžn

The word Sorž means a hilltop with a southern exposure; Tildin was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey.

Grape Varieties- 95% Nebbiolo, 5% Barbera
Alcohol Level- 13.5%
Length + Type of Fermentation- Fermentation with the skins occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 82įF for one week and 64įF for two weeks.
Length + Type of Aging- 12 months of barrique aging; 12 months of aging in large oak casks.

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

More links:
Varietal character (Appellation America) | Nebbiolo on CellarTracker

Sorž Tildžn

The eight-acre Sori Tildin vineyard was acquired by Gaja family in 1934. "Sori" means a hilltop with a southern exposure; "Tildin" was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey. Through the 1995 vintage, the Gaja single cru Sorž Tildžn was labeled as Barbaresco. However, starting with 1996 Gaja formally chose to eschew the DOCG requirements for Barbaresco (for example, by blending Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon into the wines when only Nebbiolo is allowed in Barbaresco DOCG) in favor of the more humble Langhe DOC appellation. What this means is that these wines are defined two ways with 1995 and older as Barbaresco and 1996 and newer as Langhe DOC.

Italy

Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor

Piedmont

Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)

Langhe

Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)

Langhe DOC

Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)

 
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