Antonio Galloni just released his reports on Barolo and Barbaresco with several new GAJA scores published including four 93-point ratings:
“The next chapter at Gaja is going to be fascinating to follow.”—GALLONI
93 points: GAJA Sperss 2011
A dark, voluptuous beauty, the 2011 Sperss is wonderfully expressive and open today. There is plenty of Serralunga volume and power, but the vintage has given the Sperss softer contours than is typically the case. Lavender, smoke, violets, mint and succulent black cherries blossom through to the inviting, resonant finish. As good as the 2011 is, it also looks to be a relatively early maturing wine by Gaja standards.
93 points: GAJA Darmagi 2012
The 2012 Darmagi is striking and radiant in the glass. Dark red cherry, plum, sage, mint, spices and grilled herbs are some of the signatures. Super-expressive and polished to the core, the 2012 is also quite inviting, Silky tannins add to the wine’s considerable appeal. in 2012, the fruit is distinctly bright and red-toned, with fewer of the darker, more purplish tones that are often present. The 2012 has really come around since I last tasted it a few months ago. Drink this pliant Cabernet Sauvignon over the next decade.
93 points: GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2013
The 2013 Alteni di Brassica is bright, energetic and vibrant, with lovely energy and overall tension. Still reticent and not fully expressive, the 2013 needs time to fully open up. Mint, green pear and white flowers add nuance on the chiseled, precise finish. This is a lovely showing from the Alteni. North-facing vineyards in Barbaresco and Serralunga provide the fruit.
93 points: GAJA Gaia & Rey 2013
The 2013 Gaia & Rey is another step towards a more restrained style, partly because of the cool vintage and a move towards general brightness in the wines. Lemon peel, white pepper, pear and white peach notes abound in a beautifully layered, vibrant Chardonnay from Gaja. Over the last few months the 2013 has begun to open up nicely. The main vineyard for the Chardonnay is a historic plot in Treiso that is now augmented by a steeper site in Serralunga.
92 points: GAJA Rossj-Bass 2013
Gaja’s 2013 Rossj-Bass is quite expressive and nuanced. Scents of apricot pit, peach, mint, flowers and white pepper meld together effortlessly, while lightly honeyed notes add richness and texture through to the finish. All the elements fall into place in this effortless, gracious white from Gaja.
91 points: GAJA Conteisa 2011
The 2011 Conteisa is a forward, open-knit wine with good depth and plenty of near-term appeal. At the same time, the move towards a lighter style that has defined the Gaja wines over the last few years is very much in evidence. Cinnamon, sweet red cherries, herbs, mint and wild flowers add nuance. Even with time in the glass, the Conteisa remains succulent nuanced, with less of the opulence that is found in so many other wines. Conteisa emerges from a handful of parcels in La Morra’s Cerequio vineyard.
91 points: GAJA Barbaresco 2012
The 2012 Barbaresco is lifted, precise and gracious in style. Sweet red cherry, cranberry, wild flowers and mint are all laced together in a delicate, understated Barbaresco that will drink well early. The 2012 is supremely classy and polished, but it is also unusually accessible for a young Gaja wine. In 2012, Gaja did not bottle their three single-vineyard wines from Barbaresco. Instead, all of the fruit went into the estate’s Barbaresco bottling.
91 points: GAJA Rossj-Bass 2014
The 2014 Rossj-Bass is bright, lively and focused. Still a bit tight from its recent bottling, the 2014 is nevertheless quite pretty. Citrus, green apple, mint and white flowers add nuance and character throughout.