Opend 3 hours before dinner. Dark red/black color. Nose was black fruit, black currant. Palate was dark red/black fruit, black currant, spice. Very good balance. drank over 2 hours, it still keept the fruit. Will last for a long time, however I'm not sure it will develop a lot. Long finish.
Both Parker and Tanzer underrated this wine. Wonderful black cherries, raspberry undertones, mushrooms, spice (but not black pepper), hints of green pepper and 20+ second finish. This wine took about 30 minutes to fully open but had almost not sediment and is in the front half of its ideal drinking window.
Medium garnet color. Nose was somewhat muted with some dark red fruit and green pepper coming through along with some oak related notes. Cherry and red currant flavors on the palate with some woody oak flavors coming through. Very dry tannins and a little hollow on the midpalate. Not much of a finish either. You can tell the wine was well made but overall this was a disappointment.
The Gaja Langhe Darmagi is a medium bodied, garnet wine with a brick edge. The wine is starting to show some age. The rich nose features licorice and vanilla. Plush and soft in the mouth with tastes of lots of melded red fruits. The long finish is rich with lots of red fruits. The wine has excellent balance and has become a nearly seamless wine. This is just stellar and is drinking very well at this point in time.
Decanted this wine for nearly 4 hours before my first glass. I did try a small 1oz. pour at first and it was tight, austere, and unapproachable. The first glass began with very earthy undertones augmented with dark cherry and hints of cocoa. The earthiness blew off after about 5-10 minutes and the dark cherry began to wrap itself around a strong dried tobacco flavor. The tobacco kept building over the course of the bottle to an absolute crazy level. The wine itself was still wound a bit tight, but was quite smooth, exhibiting good mushroom, tobacco, and cocoa flavors. As I near the end of my final glass, the cherry flavors began to crescendo to a strong, firm finish. This wine is sitting at 9 years old, and can probably last another 5-7 years. Not sure what I'll do with my other bottle, but it won't be opened anytime soon.