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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 38 
ProducerGaja (web)
UPC Code(s)626990111498

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2019 (based on 13 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Buick455 on 6/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Very good improvement since last bottle 3 years ago. Decanted 2 hours. Clear, dark bright red. Drank over 4 hours. Nose of cherries. Good palate of fruit, cherries, tar, spice. Tanins are still present even after 4 hours. Good balance. Long finish. (323 views)
 Tasted by DrakkarNoir on 5/11/2015: Ripe and boozy. Nose of dark cherry cola. Full bodied, a bit sweet and still very tannic. Quite long, with an alcoholic finish. M'eh.

14.0% abv, but drinks as though it's much higher. (484 views)
 Tasted by KimHartman on 3/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Ekig, lite dov, med ganska försiktig frukt. Körsbär, lakrits, lite coca-cola. Inte dåligt på något sätt, och bättrar sig avsevärt med luftning, men ändå lite av en besvikelse. (775 views)
 Tasted by gbgpatrik on 10/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Bra mycket bättre än förra flaskan! Eken betydligt bättre integrerad men dock kännbar... Viol, rosor, örter i näsan och nedslipade tanniner i munnen. Lite.besviken dock pga Gaja men en juste barolo utan tvekan. Nu eller inom 5. Förväntar mig nog inte större förändringar då frukten börjat försvinna men eken består. Gott! (1845 views)
 Tasted by thewiz on 12/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Dark red colour.
Youthful showing raspberries, blackberries, oak and autumn leaves. Austere tannines and a powerful beginning. But the finish was a bit weaker, perhaps reflecting the vintage. (1151 views)
 Tasted by Winekrupt on 8/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Rose and tar, spice and a hint of orange zest on the nose. I have little experience with this grape and this region, but the complexity and depth of the bouquet lives up to the reputation. On the palate it is almost immediately evident that the wine is still too young. The subtle flavours are complex, but still not at the forefront of the structure. Tannins still a little grippy, but still some nice acidity. I could see this evolving and becoming much more special over the next five years or more. (4700 views)
 Tasted by RN on 4/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Drank for dons b/day. Decanted for 1.5 hrs but could have done with more time. Muted nose, clear, great fruit of cherries, tar and tannin. A wine to swirl in your mouth and preferably with food to get full impact and enjoy its considerable length. Needs more bottle time but quite approachable and really enjoyable now. Good value by Gaja standards. (5219 views)
 Tasted by eBoB on 3/31/2013 & rated 86 points: Kolor dojrzalej czeresni - przezroczysty/lekki/rozwodniony. Zapach mokra ziemia, wilgoc, nuty tytoniu. W smaku cierpkie owoce [niedojrzala czeresnia/jezyna], kwasowe, wodniste. [wino zyskuje z jedeniem - pite samo wypada bardzo slabo]
CW Price: 209,22PLN - $66,49 (4959 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 9/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Gorgerous Nebbiolo Fruit that just jumps right of the glass [poured from a decanter] it has Gaja on the label so you know its not going to be made without care it does have care in it that for sure it has from what I've tasted of 2005 that easy going early drinking approachability. Yes it could use some age to bring out more complexity but its tasty now can not complain (7196 views)
 Tasted by Rweir88 on 9/1/2012 & rated 85 points: Good texture. Great aroma. Would buy again. (6552 views)
 Tasted by pc2006mg on 5/6/2012 & rated 95 points: Beautiful!!! Great balance. (5385 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 2/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Klar, dyp rød med orange kanter. Nydelig, rik nese rett fra flaske med
mørke kirsebær, sjokolade,trøfler, plommer og lakris. Fast, og med en flott syrestrek som varer inn i ettersmaken. Tørre, og faste tanniner. Mektig og god vin 91-92P (5484 views)
 Tasted by Delli on 2/10/2012 & rated 92 points: Very modern Barolo that is approachable at this relatively young age. Nose is understated with plumbs and cherries. Color is a bright Pinot-Esk red that is fairly transparent. Palate is cherries, tar and tobacco but done in a style that is refreshing/zesty. There is enough tanin for the wine to keep but not sure it gets much better fom hear. 5+12+16+8=91 (5447 views)
 Tasted by cyak on 2/3/2012 & rated 90 points: Earthy with moderate body and duration. Slight plummy and black cherry tastes. (4502 views)
 Tasted by Buick455 on 1/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted 2 hours. very pleasent Barolo. Clear, bright red. Good palate of fruit, tar. tanin are present, not overwhelming but still drying the mouth.
Too young, needs more time in the cellar. (4555 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 1/5/2012 & rated 91 points: Much less structure and stuffing than most Barolos of this age. Drinkable now, but will not last. (5204 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 12/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Few notes, as drank at a family dinner. Recall the wine having not much nose. Limited and nicely integrated tannins, medium light body, nice balance. Interest but not much complexity. Very drinkable now, but not much againg potential as it does not have much "stuffing" (structure or backbone). Not a tannic or forceful Barolo. Rather, more elegance and finesse. Quite nice. Of course, it would be out shone by Gaja's other offerings once aged. Good QPR at $65. (5183 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/26/2011 & rated 92 points: complex leather, earth and fruit, very elegant, tannins were noticeable but mild, very long finish. Will try last bottle 2015+. (4744 views)
 Tasted by midieh on 10/3/2011: Really modern with new oak. Rather deep. Quite soft tannins, perfumed. (907 views)
 Tasted by matherjo on 8/13/2011 & rated 93 points: Just love this. Not as tight and tannic as the old school Barolos. Everything Angelo touches is magic. (6219 views)
 Tasted by Finare Vinare on 5/14/2011 & rated 89 points: Much more oak-heavy impression than last time, both on the nose and on the palate. No great pleasure for either of us. We'll let the remaining bottle rest for quite a long time. (6846 views)
 Tasted by madia on 5/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Gaja Tasting (Hakfar Hayarok): Almost impenetrable ruby color. Superb floral nose with sweetness. Medium bodied, well integrated acidity, predominant but soft tannins. Harmonic and balanced. Just excellent (77$). (7315 views)
 Tasted by Rhonarna_Mikael on 4/3/2011 & rated 94 points: Dark cherry, violets, roses, choclate, tobacco & mushrooms. Lots of tannins, enjoyable as it is. Will last many years from now...... (6817 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 3/27/2011: In general we do find dagromis as a more fwd and oaked version of nebbiolo. Granted we tried this at the slopes of cervinia at Chalet L'Etoile so temperature wise we were affected (hence not a proper TN or score here). Over all this 05 was pretty straight on the fruit and relatively approachable eveb this young but still closed. Worth the effort if you want a modern twist. ~90/100 (6743 views)
 Tasted by misternordin on 3/21/2011 & rated 93 points: On the palate it shows tar, roses, chocolate, cherries. Complex, concentrated, balanced. It is very slender and subtle but still highly characteristic.

Check out my blog at misternordin.com! (6978 views)
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Producer website

2005 Gaja Barolo Dagromis


Guido Rivella and Angelo Gaja


The Gaja winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family. It is in the town of Barbaresco which lies just northeast of Alba. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the winery’s current owner The wine is named for the Gromis family, which owned the prized vineyard in the commune of La Morra throughout the 19th century. The Gaja family now owns this vineyard and, together with an outstanding Gaja-owned vineyard in Serralunga, it provides the grapes for this wine. The soil of both vineyards is primarily calcareous clay and marl; altitudes range from 985 to 1475 feet above sea level; exposures are south-east and south-west.
Wine Notes

Grape Variety

Fermentation with the skins occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of

12 months in barriques followed by 12 months in large oak casks.


| Appearance
Intense red.

| Aroma
Full, rich with berries and floral notes as well as aromas of licorice, dried herbs and spices.

| Taste
Solid structure and a rich softness as well as a lingering finish.

| Serving Suggestions
Perfect for Roast Beef and Prime Rib.


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)


Regional History:
The wines of Piedmont are noted as far back as Pliny's Natural History. Due to geographic and political isolation, Piedmont was without a natural port for most of its history, which made exportation treacherous and expensive. This left the Piedmontese with little incentive to expand production. Sixteenth-century records show a mere 14% of the Bassa Langa under vine -- most of that low-lying and farmed polyculturally. In the nineteenth century the Marchesa Falletti, a frenchwoman by birth, brought eonologist Louis Oudart from Champagne to create the first dry wines in Piemonte. Along with work in experimental vineyards at Castello Grinzane conducted by Camilo Cavour -- later Conte di Cavour, leader of the Risorgimento and first Prime Minister of Italy -- this was the birth of modern wine in the Piedmont. At the heart of the region and her reputation are Alba and the Langhe Hills. This series of weathered outcroppings south of the Tanaro River is of maritime origin and composed mainly of limestone, sand and clay, known as terra bianca. In these soils -located mainly around the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco -- the ancient allobrogica, now Nebbiolo, achieves its renowned fineness and power.

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