Few wineries evoke excellence and artistry the way the Gaja family name does. To utter these two simple syllables is to call forth one of the greatest and most venerated traditions in European winemaking. To mention this family and its wines is to summon an icon and touchstone of Italian viticulture.

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Club Oenologique: Gaja, Piedmont and the Importance of Identity

Club Oenologique featured the Gaja family in the April 1, 2021 article Gaja, Piedmont and the Importance of Identity, written by Adam Lechmere. “In a major profile in the spring edition of Club Oenologique, Gaja outlines how the producer has expanded from its Barbaresco base to become a pan-Italian company, operating from the far north to the far south of the country. The new projects – the “adventures” – include Idda Etna, a €4m joint venture in Sicily, and 30ha in the Alta Langa sub-zone of southern Piedmont. Retaining Gaja’s identity while cementing this extensive empire will be the focus of the next few years, Gaia tells Club O. “Yes, there is a danger of dilution,” she says, citing Ca’Marcanda, the Bolgheri estate that her father Angelo bought 30 years ago as an example. “We need to promote the beauty of Ca’Marcanda better to distinguish it,” she says, adding that she doesn’t agree that only indigenous grapes can confer authenticity. “Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t have a strong connection with Bolgheri, but it doesn’t matter. We believe that Bolgheri has that quality.” “ Click here to read the full article. Visit our other properties:

Jeb Dunnuck Reviews New Releases from GAJA

Jeb Dunnuck Reviews New Releases from GAJA Jeb Dunnuck has published a special report reviewing the new releases from GAJA. Highlights from Dunnuck’s report include: “This article looks at the new releases from the Gaja family and includes their flagship Barbaresco and Barolo releases as well as their releases from Pieve Santa Restituta and Ca’Marcanda.” “Looking at the Gaja releases, these come mostly from the 2017 vintage, which was a challenging, scorching hot year that made reaching full phenolic ripeness difficult. The 2017s possess lighter colors, more streamlined textures, and present, firm tannins.” “I was also able to taste their 2016 Barolo Sperss, which is always released after their single vineyard Barbaresco. This beauty comes from a more even, classic year and offers everything you could want: Incredible aromatics, thrilling richness, perfect balance, and a majestic, layered, seamless profile that is impossible to resist. In this reviewer’s opinion, the 2016 Sperss is a legendary Barolo in the making.” Visit our other properties:

Jeb Dunnuck: 100 Points for GAJA Barolo Sperss 2016

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 100 points to GAJA Barolo Sperss 2016 100 points GAJA Barolo Sperss 2016 “As with the 2015, the 2016 Barolo Sperss is a perfect wine. Deep ruby-hued, it boasts a gorgeous perfume of cherry and blueberry-like fruits that are interwoven with notes of tobacco, violets, crushed stone, and licorice. This carries to a magical, full-bodied, powerful wine revealing flawless tannins, off-the-charts purity, and a finish that just about won’t quit. From an incredible vintage for Piedmont, this has everything: awesome purity of fruit, power without weight, building yet ultra-fine tannins, notable freshness, and the class to drink well today yet age gracefully for 30-40 years.” Visit our other properties:

Jeb Dunnuck: 95+ Points for Gaja Barbaresco 2017

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 95+ points to Gaja Barbaresco 2017. 95+ points  Gaja Barbaresco 2017 “A pretty, perfumed example of this cuvee, the 2017 Barbaresco offers lots more red fruits as well as spice, dried flowers, incense, and loamy soil. With more licorice and minerality emerging with time in the glass, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, an elegant texture, plenty of firm tannins, and a great finish. It doesn’t get more textbook Nebbiolo than this. This classic beauty is going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and have 2-3 decades of longevity.” Visit our other properties:

Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points for Gaja Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2017

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 95 points to Gaja Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2017. 95 points  Gaja Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2017 “Also light ruby hued (all of the 2017s are on the lighter hued side), the 2017 Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo comes from a warmer terroir and was brought up in barrel. It has beautiful red fruits as well as complex notes of spring flowers, spice, and menthol. Playing in the elegant, seamless end of the spectrum, with impressive tannins, it has slightly more concentration compared to the Sori Tilden (which is normal for this cuvée) yet it still shows the more streamlined, elegant style shared by all the 2017s from Gaja. This beautiful, nuanced, complex Barbaresco needs 5-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 20+ years.” Visit our other properties:

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