1996 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì Tildìn


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Langhe DOC
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Community Tasting Notes 24

  • gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 5, 2019 - Bought a couple of bottles to see what all the fuss is about. Decanted one hour. Longest cork I've ever seen.

    As others have said, an incredibly dark and youthful colour for nebbiolo let alone one that is 23yrs old - just a hint of garnet visible in its rich smoky depths. A little bit stinky on the nose at first then comes the menthol, roses and tar you'd expect. Very concentrated fruit but still tannic and acidic - this must have been one ferocious angry beast in its youth. Despite being only middle weight, there's a richness and depth to the fruit that is difficult to describe and some good old drying tannins on the finish. Will hold on this plateau for many years yet.

    On the whole a good but not a great wine which didn't blow me out of my socks. I'll leave my remaining bottle another five years.

  • Ara Kafafian Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 12, 2019 - Incredibly dark, youthful and tannic, this 22-year-old Piedmont has developed an animal aged Bordeaux like nose which stumped all my fellow wine lovers a few evenings ago. Atypically dark for Nebbiolo with perfectly balanced mid-palate and finish, this wine will continue to evolve effortlessly for the following 10 year and maybe beyond. I fear recent Gaja wines will never be as sensational as they were in this heralded vintage. 1996 still continues to be my reference point for what Piedmont can achieve in a sensational vintage. Amazing!

  • cephomer Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 11, 2018 - Drank from coravin. Found the wine a bit closed/Def decant next time!
    Dark red in color, not showing much age on the rims. Lots of sediment.
    Quite earthy, dark fruit still present, still some tannins but soft. Leather, tar, sour cherry, forest floor and coffee. Looking forward to trying this again.

  • Mario17 Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 17, 2018 - Soirée dégustation de rêve 2e essai 17 Mai 2018.
    Nez moins exubérant que le Lafitte, moyennement aromatique avec un peu de fleurs et de végétal au nez mais tout en finesse. L'acidité du Nebbiolo se fait sentir, des tannins fort agréables avec un très petit assèchement en finale, qui est de bonne longueur. Ma 1ere expérience avec ce vin, très bien et tenait son bout face aux 3 autres grands rouges, même si c'est celui que j'aurais mis dernier. 94-95

  • galenico wrote: 90 points

    December 3, 2017 - GRANDI NEBBIOLI DA VINOGODI: Naso bomba, intenso, esplosivo di frutta. Sanguigno, quasi da Sangiovese. Poi caldo, cangiante, tartufo e catrame.
    La bocca è piena, foderante, un filo pesante e manca di scorrevolezza, nonostante una rinfrescante parte mentolata sul finale
    Il legno inizia a essere integrato, ma la sensazione finale è quella di un vino moderno che non riesce mai a decollare. Meglio al naso che in bocca.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    1996 Piedmont: The Proof is in the Pudding (Oct 2017), 10/1/2017 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Gaja
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Sorì Tildìn
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Langhe
  • Appellation Langhe DOC

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 367 (69%)
  • Consumed 161 (30%)

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