Great but not superb. Aromatic, silky tannin, good texture and fine acidity. A balanced Pidemonte. Close to, if not at, its' peak now. Drink very well with several hours of breathing or keep it for 3-5 more years.
Been nearly 2 years since my last bottle, so decided to see how it has developed. It is doing nicely! Not at peak or even close, but aging nicely, and even at the right pace. Good complexity (after 3-4 hours of decanter time), with integrated tannins, and a nice level of concentration. This has never been a great Barolo, nor will it ever end up being great, but it is a good one, and an enjoyable easy wine. I have always loved this vintage, and hopefully this is indication for the other 98s I have, which I plan to hold for now. Cool!
Darker fruits than I remember - tarry, earthy notes with a dusty quality. Abundant but fine, characteristic Gaja tannins. Medium body. Classy, patrician wine. A bit of a hole in the middle makes me wonder how gracefully this will age, but certainly in no danger of cracking up in the near-term.
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