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ProducerGaja (web)

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2024 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gaja Barbaresco on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 31 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by DrZett on 5/15/2015 & rated 88 points: Don't see what the other notes are about. It was ok and drinking well, but the PVR is bad in my opinion. Maybe it will get better in the future. We opened it 3 hours before drinking and had Pasta with beef Bolognese with it. Right now just 88-89 points imo. (532 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 4/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Väldigt tillgängligt redan nu. En helt fantastisk doft av körsbär, rosor, viol, lakrists och läder. Nästan lite Bourgognelik i karaktären med dragning även åt hallon och jordgubbar.
Fin syra i balans med frukten och otippad silkiga tanniner. Väldigt elegant vin. (781 views)
 Tasted by ILarsen on 2/14/2015 & rated 90 points: Opened it 5 hours before drinking - the nose was good and fruity with red cherry and I think black currant - in your mouth the wine was quite powerfull with a good long aftertaste tannins and acidity both medium - the wine has still a lot of wood even though it has clearly soften - and the fruit is visible - I can fell the quality and Gajas abilities but is just not a big fan - maybe if the wine develops more which it clearly has potential for (957 views)
 Tasted by RGCM Gananda on 5/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful nose of cherry, licorice and leather. More accessible than I expected, even immediately upon opening, but got progressively better over the course of the evening. Lots of red cherry fruit, backed by licorice and leather. The fruit showed excellent depth and complexity and was quite smooth and balanced throughout. This wine is drinking very well now, but has the power and structure to last and improve. (2496 views)
 Tasted by paolonardi on 1/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Nebbiolo: tostatura, fumè, mentolato, fruttini di bosco rossi, un soffio floreale, calore, burro d'arachidi, funghi ovuli e porcini, molto fino, sottile, austero. In bocca è compatto e si piazza al centro della bocca, poca dinamica in retrolfatto, tannino magistrale. (3305 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 1/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Lovely garnet colour. Slightly shy nose at first, hints of red fruits, herbs, spices, charcoal. Quite powerful on the palate, great grip, chewy and tannic, but well balanced, fresh and with ample red and black fruit, med+ finish. this will need another couple of years in my view. 92-93+ (2826 views)
 Tasted by PhilJ on 12/25/2013: Beautifully made wine with smooth seamless edges, but I found it a little too soft and smooth and would have preferred a little more 'grip'. (2827 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Medium dark cherry red color; focused, tart cherry, sandalwood, blackberry, berry nose; tasty, rich, tart berry, blackberry, black cherry palate with purity and sweet tannins; needs 6-7 years; long finish 93+ (566 views)
 Tasted by KSWinegeek on 7/7/2013 & rated 94 points: Very elegant in its youth. Thank you Kim and George for sharing (4124 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 6/4/2013 & rated 94 points: Decanted an hour. Light color almost Pinotesq. Quite a bit alcohol on the nose floral like rose petals, raisin, red fruit nose beautiful cherries, strawberries , hints of cranberries and even a bit of black olives. Nice flavor smooth caramel floral good mouth, but still a bit alcoholic. Decent tannins. Great weight mid weight. Little ceder on after taste. Really good mixture of burgundy and Bordeaux. Pretty interesting. Nice black currant taste exactly. Even a little vegi on the back (asparagus) taste. Nice would buy another. (2969 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 3/13/2013 & rated 94 points: Winemakers Dinner With Gaia Gaja @ Operakallaren, Stockholm (Operakallaren, Stockholm): Okay!
Now we are talking!
What a beautiful wine this is!
5th wine to be served tonight in a Gaja dinner, with Gaia Gaja, in Stockholm.
On the nose this is very Chambolle like, with the softest hints of fresh perfume lingering over the glass with wonderful summer flowers, violets, fresh roses, fabric softener/clean sheets and female skin.
This is perhaps the lightest and most transparent Barbaresco wine I ever had.
Very Chambolle like on the palate too, with soft acid, clean and soft feminine fruit profile of cranberries and cherries.
Some people might call this wine too soft and thin, and lacking power?
Well, it is light on its foot, but in a lovely good and weightless, seamless and pure way.
I really loved this wine, and it’s expressions.
Great stuff!
94+ (3619 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 3/13/2013 & rated 94 points: Lite transparant och ljus i färgen. En helt fantastisk doft av körsbär, rosor, viol. Nästan lite Bourgognelik i karaktären med dragning även åt hallon och jordgubb.
Fin syra i balans med frukten och otippad silkiga tanniner. Väldigt elegant vin. Fantastiskt redan nu men kommer säkerligen bara bli bättre. (3035 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 11/11/2012 & rated 94 points: Osteria I Nonni Fall Italian Tasting (I Nonni, St. Paul, MN): Dbl decant. Very floral, red berries and cherry, leather, firm tannins. Very young. (2815 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 11/11/2012 & rated 94 points: I Nonni Fall Tasting: Double decanted with floral, spices, minerals and cranberry notes. Medium finish and a balanced wine. While it is young it still shows a ton now with more to come for years. (3895 views)
 Tasted by kosinski on 10/10/2012: Smoky, earthy nose of strawberries and cherries. Woody red fruits on the palate with considerable grip and acidity. Very good but might benefit from more age. (2483 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 10/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Gaja Portfolio Tasting (Piccolo Sogno Due - Chicago): Really rustic and super young still. A little thin. Subtle and very elegant suppressed aromatics right now but they're there. Limited notes. (2301 views)
 Tasted by mauropallido on 9/9/2012 & rated 92 points: Vino molto preciso e tecnico, ineccepibile, sostanzialmente privo di difetti. Un Nebbiolo sorprendentemente già molto bevibile ed equilibrato nonostante l’estrema gioventù. Ma secondo me manca clamorosamente di profondità e di molte di quelle caratteristica, anche un po’ scorbutiche, che adoro del Nebbiolo di Langa. Vino troppo algido. (1351 views)
 Tasted by DonalOB on 7/14/2012 & rated 93 points: In Angelo Gaja's cellar (Piedmont, Italy): Delicate but classic tar and roses. Although tannic, and with some oak still evident, this is already drinkable. Should wait another 6-7 years though. (1192 views)
 Tasted by Dokken on 6/3/2012 & rated 93 points: Garnet with narrow tawny rim. Focused nose with asian spices, roses, vegetal notes and concentrated red fruit. Tight and backward at the moment with huge extract and ageing potential. Quite porty in style with thick tannins and long finish. Needs possibly 8-10 years to harmonise. (2166 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 6/3/2012 & rated 94 points: Gaja Tasting, Cellier Wine Club. This was an infant. Dark ruby-garnet. Very tight with roses, smoke, hints of tar and red cherry with scents of Asian spice. Full-bodied with firm tannins and hudge extract, yet by no means cloying or harsh. Very long. A future classic. From 2018. (2474 views)
 Tasted by strawbo on 11/2/2011: Italiensk Vinfestival 2011 (Turbinehallen, Aarhus): Didn't have time for detailed notes. A complex wine with berries and smoke, but still very young... (2956 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 10/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Marquis Wine 25th Anniversary Tasting (Terminal City Club): Med Intensity, Savory/Umami nose initial attack
T:Gorgeous Nebbiolo RIPE red fruit, hint of 'sweet' fruit but so good, not candied but balance on the edge and stays on the delicious/good side (3029 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, New Releases from Piedmont: The Stars Are Aligned (Oct 2011)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/22/2013)
(Gaja Barbaresco) Medium dark cherry red color; focused, tart cherry, sandalwood, blackberry, berry nose; tasty, rich, tart berry, blackberry, black cherry palate with purity and sweet tannins; needs 6-7 years; long finish 93+  93 points
By Alan Tardi
Sommelier Journal, July 15, 2012
(Gaja Barbaresco) Transparent brick red with a pink rim. Fresh, ripe aromas of cranberry and strawberry pie are followed by a hint of pink peppercorns. On the palate, notes of small wild berries, tree bark, and graphite are suggestive of a young Grenache or Cabernet Franc. The wine shows admirable reserve, with tart acidity, brambly tannins, and a clean, subtly mineral finish.
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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


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


Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)


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


Geographical details of the DOCG down to single vineyards. The vineyards belonging to the comune Barbaresco can be found here

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