While this comes from soil noted for nebbiolo grapes, this cab was made for marketing purposes to inform Americans about the Gaja winery. Likes its Barbaresco counterparts, it is an intensively dark red and in 1985, it was high in alcohol with strong tannins and fruit. It has softened over the years but the acids benefited from 3 hours of decanting. The fruit had softened a bit too much for my tastes. Overall, very pleasant but without the complexity of a 1991 LImestone ridge that is was matched against.
Gaja tasting and a bonus Beaucastel (Seattle, WA, USA): Someone had brought a bottle of their own to the tasting, bless them! The nose was a little off-putting with a strong green streak, but the palate was earthy with intense minerality and very soft, resolved mouthfeel.
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