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New GAJA Releases Have Arrived in the US and the Gaja Family Too!

It’s our favorite time of the year — GAJA season has arrived! The highly-anticipated new releases have reached the Terlato warehouse. Adding to the excitement of these gorgeous GAJA wines landing in the United States, members of the Gaja family crisscrossed the country for a series of high-profile events. Angelo Gaja was accompanied by Gaia and Giovanni for Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience (October 18-20, 2018). Gaia then traveled to New Jersey, Washington DC, Houston and Austin for market work. In addition to traveling to Houston, Boston, Chicago, and Milwaukee for market work, Giovanni hosted the GAJA Brand Ambassador Training at Terlato headquarters on October 22-23. Tasting notes and other key facts on the soon-to-arrive GAJA wines are detailed below.

Barbaresco NV_DOPGAJA Barbaresco 2015
100% Nebbiolo, 14% Alcohol
The flagship of the Gaja family, this wine is produced from Nebbiolo grapes and named for its village of origin. The grapes from each lot are fermented separately in stainless-steel vats for approximately 20 days, depending on the vintage. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is racked to barriques, where malolactic fermentation takes place. The separate lots are then aged for one year in barriques (20% new, with a balance in one and two-year old casks). The 14 lots are then blended and racked to large Slavonian oak casks ranging in age from five to fifteen years.

Deep garnet in color, the aroma is complex and sensual with notes of forest fruit, plum, licorice, mineral and coffee. The texture is supple with fine, silky tannins and bright acidity leading to a long finish. Complex, dense, and structured with flavors of forest fruit, plum, licorice, mineral, and coffee.

CR_DOP_NVGAJA Costa Russi Barbaresco 2015
100% Nebbiolo, 14.5% AlcoholFermentation and maceration for around three weeks. Aged in oak for 24 months.
Costa (Italian for the side of the hill facing the sun) Russi (the nickname of the former owner) is ruby red in color, with a captivating aroma of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans. The purity of the palate is layered with dark fruit flavors and complex tannins. Complex and elegant with flavors of blackberry, violet, and roasted coffee beans.

 

 

SSL_DOP_NVGAJA Sorì San Lorenzo Barbaresco 2015
100% Nebbiolo, 14.5% Alcohol
Fermentation and maceration for three weeks. Aged 24 months in oak.
Named for the patron saint of Alba’s cathedral, this deep red wine is highly concentrated with an aroma of currant and black cherry and notes of coffee, fine herbs, minerals and exotic spices. The tannins are subtle and refined, leading to a lingering finish. Concentrated and full-bodied, with currant, black cherry, coffee, herbs, minerals, and spice.

 


ST_DOP_NVGAJA Sorí Tildìn Barbaresco 2015
100% Nebbiolo, 14.5% Alcohol
Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks. Aged 24 months in oak.
“Sorì” is Piedmontese for a hilltop with a southern exposure, and “Tildìn” was the nickname of Angelo Gaja’s grandmother, Clotilde Rey. Deep purple with a complex aroma of toast, minerals, sour cherries, cedar and spice, the wine has a round texture with fine tannins and a rich flavor. Full-bodied, complex, and rich with flavors of toast, minerals, sour cherries, cedar, and spice.

 


Conteisa NV

GAJA Conteisa Barolo 2014
100% Nebbiolo, 14% Alcohol
Fermentation with the skins occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures for three weeks. Aged in oak for 30 months.
Piedmontese for “quarrel,” this wine was named for the historic dispute between the communes of La Morra and Barolo for possession of the Cerequio land. This garnet-colored wine features expressive floral notes and an aroma of red berries, plum, licorice and spice. The sumptuous texture and refined character offer perfectly integrated tannins and an elegant finish. Full-bodied, rich, and balanced with floral, red berry, plum, licorice, and spice flavors.

Sperss NV
GAJA Sperss Barolo 2014
100% Nebbiolo, 14% Alcohol
Fermentation with the skins in stainless steel tanks for three weeks. Aged in oak for 30 months.
In 1988, Gaja acquired a vineyard in one of Serralunga’s best areas and named it “Sperss” –  Piedmontese for nostalgia. A ruby red wine with a dark, pure aroma of tar, licorice and truffles, its deep structure is layered with ripe tannins and a dense texture. Deep, intense, and layered with flavors of tar, licorice, and truffles.