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Decanter:”Gaja: A Family Portrait”

The Gaja family was profiled by Decanter in the April 12, 2020 article Gaja: A Family Portrait written by Tiziano Gaia.

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“Through undeniably audacious viticultural decisions, this fifth-generation winemaking dynasty elevated Barbaresco to fine-wine status. Now, the patriarch of Piedmont and his family are ushering in a new era for their business, with ambitious projects – and a healthy dose of compromise, as Tiziano Gaia discovers.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points for GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

Gaia & Rey NVJeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 94 points to GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017.

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GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

“The 2017 Gaia & Ray reminds me of a top Sonoma Coast Chardonnay with is incredible salty minerality as well as classic Chardonnay notes of stone fruits, caramelized pineapple, white flowers, and hints of baking spices. Rich, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, it’s a beautiful and classy white well worth drinking and cellaring. First released in 1983, this cuvee is named after Lucia and Angelo Gaja’s daughter, Gaia Gaja, and Angelo Gaja’s grandmother Clotilde Rey.”

 

 

Jeb Dunnuck: 90 Points for GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

Alteni di Brassica Dop NVJeb Dunnuck has awarded a score of 90 points to GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017.

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GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

“First released in 1983 (as was the Gaia & Ray Chardonnay), the 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica is a mineral-driven, bright, and juicy expression of Sauvignon Blanc that offers terrific notes of crushed citrus, green herbs, lime, and subtle hints of tart pineapple. With bright acidity, medium body, and terrific balance, it’s an incredibly classy Sauvignon Blanc that’s terrific today, yet I suspect will age gracefully for at least 5-7 years if you’re so inclined.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 93+ Points for GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

Gaia & Rey NVMonica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 93+ points to GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017.

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GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

“This wine was first made in 1983, and back then, no malolactic fermentation occurred. Jump forward in time to the 2017 Langhe Gaia & Rey, and this is another vintage in which malo did not start. (Partial malolactic returns in 2018). Since those first years of production, the oak usage has also been tweaked, now with less barrique in favor of more botte grande. Thanks to these changes, the aromatic profile of this wine veers toward citrus and rich tropical fruit, especially in a warm vintage such as this. However counterintuitive, this edition also shows a very bright and precise touch of acidity that serves to give the wine balanced and mouth-cleansing salinity.”

 

 

Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 91 Points for GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

Alteni di Brassica Dop NVMonica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 91 points to GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017.

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GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

“The 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica (a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc) offers tonic freshness, zesty citrus, white peach and crushed oyster shell. The harvest came early in this hot growing season with the grapes coming off the vines as early as August 17th. That early picking date served to keep the aromas fresh and the fruit crunchy. Gaia Gaja tells me that the fruit was super concentrated in this vintage, and the clusters were so small she called them “bonsai grapes.” In addition to the concentrated aromas, the wine also shows a level of freshness that comes as a very pleasant surprise. Evidently, the acidity was also concentrated into those tiny berries.”

 

Vinous: 92 Points for GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

Gaia & Rey NVAntonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded a score of 92 points to GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017.

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GAJA Gaia & Rey 2017

“The 2017 Gaia & Rey (Chardonnay) is a very pretty wine. In. this warm, dry year Gaja has done a terrific job in retaining a good bit of freshness. The 2017 is bright, crisp and varietal, with well-balanced oak and light tropical notes that add nuance. This is such a pretty wine, especially for the year.”

 

 

Vinous: 93 Points for GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

Alteni di Brassica Dop NVAntonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded a score of 93  points to GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017.

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GAJA Alteni di Brassica 2017

“Gaja’s 2017 Alteni di Brassica (Sauvignon) is bright, crisp and also wonderfully nuanced, with lovely textural depth that gives the wine its classy personality. Green orchard fruit, mint, sage and white flowers all grace an expressive Sauvignon that is varietally expressive, without veering either into the realm of the vegetal or the excessively rich. In other words, it is a wine with terrific balance and plenty of class.”

 

Vinous: 93 Points for GAJA Darmagi Langhe 2016

Darmagi Dop NVAntonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded a score of 93 points to GAJA Darmagi Langhe 2016.

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GAJA Darmagi Langhe 2016

“The 2016 Darmagi (Cabernet Sauvignon) is classy and polished, with good varietal character and impeccable balance. Crème de cassis, menthol, licorice and lavender all develop in the glass in this unctuous yet mid-weight, wonderfully expressive, Cabernet Sauvignon. Darmagi will never be a truly great Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is a very fine Gaja wine that reaches this level because of Angelo Gaja’s iron-clad will and determination to make it so.”

 

 

Vinous: 97 Points for GAJA Barolo Conteisa 2015

Conteisa NVAntonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded an exceptional score of 97 points to GAJA Barolo Conteisa 2015.

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GAJA Barolo Conteisa 2015


“The 2015 Barolo Conteisa is a heady, exotic wine, and also one of the most complete, alluring Conteisas I have ever tasted. Conteisa is usually a wine of grace and understatement. The 2015, on the other hand, is a bold, sweeping Barolo that saturates the palate with stunning depth and volume. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 remains vibrant. This is such a complete, harmonious wine.”

Vinous: 100 Points for GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016

ST_DOP_NVAntonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded a perfect score of 100 points to GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016.

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“The 2016 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is a fabulous, incredibly complete wine that soars out of the glass with explosive structure and vertical lift. The tannins are very much present, but also matched beautifully by the wine’s aromatic intensity and overall drive. Dark macerated cherry, spice, leather, licorice, plum and mocha add darker shades of nuance. In 2016, Sorì Tildìn is a bit more brooding and bigger than it often is, and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced. It is quite simply a majestic wine of real grandeur and total class, but it is not obvious. Sorì Tildìn will appeal most to readers who understand what the truest essence of Nebbiolo is all about. In a word: magnificent!”