I'm brand new to commenting. Bought two bottles well over ten years ago. Failed to comment on the first one I opened several years ago. But, totally impressed with the second! Intense nose at first opening. Cherry obvious. Over a couple of hours more leather and smoke. Still showing tannins. Just plain good!
Slow'd for 2-3 hours. Great light purple color and a complex nose of soft sweet cherries, licorice and old wallet leather. The cherries came across even stronger on the palate with the oak having perfectly integrated in this particular bottle. It was very smooth and a touch of smoke on the finish. This competes with some of the top burgundy wines I have tasted so far. Excellent.
Decanted two hours, followed over following three hours. Beautiful mature red color with some bricking. Tar and roses and dark fruits on the nose. Dark cherry and tar on a full palate. Ample tannin still showing, good acidity. Very long and a bit astringent on the finish. This is really nice now and hopefully will improve as the tannins continue to melt.
Very musky, forest floor, dark fruits, wild berries. It will be great if you let it breathe in the bottle for 4-5 hours. It is not a wine you can just pop and drink right away. Solid effort but not the best gaja barbaresco I had.
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