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Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 100 Points for GAJA Sperss 2016

Sperss NVMonica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded an exceptional score of 100 points to GAJA Sperss 2016.

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GAJA Sperss 2016
“The golden touch, that proverbial Gaja magic, is taken to a whole new level in the 2016 Barolo Sperss. Angelo Gaja has taught his children to follow their own path, and now that the generational switch is well underway at the family estate, we can see that Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni have done him proud. Very proud. This stunning expression from the 2016 vintage (with 16,000 bottles released) represents quite a few celebratory milestones. We are now in the fifth generation to protect the Gaja legacy in an unbroken family chain that has endured since 1859. This wine is 100% Nebbiolo, and since the 2013 vintage, it is part of the Barolo DOCG appellation. Winemaking has been tweaked to embrace a more elegant, ethereal and streamlined personality, instead of the bigger extraction we saw in the past. This upgraded identity is distinctly evident in this newest release of Sperss. Starting with appearance, the wine is luminous and bright with shiny ruby and garnet gemstone. Its aromatic reach is three-dimensional with width, height and depth. Delicate berry tones cede to pressed lilac, anise, sandalwood and cardamom spice. I double decanted and left the bottle open for a few hours before my tasting. The results are tight and gentle, and the wine shows beautiful vertical lift and intensity. To achieve this much power without the excess fruit weight is really quite an accomplishment. This is the magic of Nebbiolo, and the magic of Gaja.”

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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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GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016


“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!”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 100 Points for GAJA Sperss 2015

Sperss NVJeb Dunnuck has awarded a perfect score of 100 points to GAJA Sperss 2015.

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“The 2015 Barolo Sperss is another smoking good 2015 that shows the sunny warmth of the vintage in its massive bouquet of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, red plums, Asian spices, violets, and flowery incense. It reminds me of the incredible 1997, and Barolo doesn’t get any more sexy or opulent. This brilliant, full-bodied wine has ripe, velvety tannins, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great finish. It needs a solid hour in a decanter if drinking any time soon and will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age. It should drink brilliantly over the following 25-30 years.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points for GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016

SSL_DOP_NV-2Jeb Dunnuck has awarded an exceptional score of 99 points to GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016.


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GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016
“Another wine with a Burgundian silkiness (tannins this good can be hard to find in young Nebbiolo), the 2016 Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo offers a more exotic bouquet of spiced red plums, licorice, dried herbs, rose petals, and flowery incense. This is a ripe, incredibly sexy, opulent Barbaresco that stays pure, ultra-refined, and elegant on the palate, with both tannins and acidity perfectly integrated. As with the Sori Tildin, it took plenty of air to show at its best, and despite offering incredibly pleasure today due to its balance and ripe tannins, it’s needs 5-7 years of bottle age and will cruise for 25 years or more.”

 

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Jeb Dunnuck: 98+ Points for GAJA Costa Russi 2016

CR_DOP_NVJeb Dunnuck has awarded an exceptional score of 98+ points to GAJA Costa Russi 2016.


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GAJA Costa Russi 2016
“The 2016 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a more floral, sappy Barbaresco, offering textbook notes of black cherries, rose petals, sappy herbs, and violets. It’s one of the more vibrant, juicy, and perfumed wines in the lineup and has medium to full body, bright yet integrated acidity, and the same incredibly polished yet certainly present tannins found in all these 2016s. This is another elegant 2016 that never puts a foot wrong.”

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Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points for GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016

ST_DOP_NVKerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast has awarded 95 points to GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016.

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GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016


“Red berry, exotic spice and a whiff of camphor form the enticing nose. Firmly structured but loaded with finesse, the linear palate delivers crunchy red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and white pepper alongside tightly knit, noble tannins. It’s still youthfully austere but already impeccably balanced, with vibrant acidity. Drink 2023–2041.”

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Wine Enthusiast: 98 Points for GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016

SSL_DOP_NV-2Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast has awarded 98 points to GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016.


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GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016
“Rose petal, camphor, eucalyptus and dark-skinned-berry aromas shape the nose on this captivating wine. Vibrant and intense, the palate evokes spiced cranberry, red cherry, licorice, espresso and a hint of orange zest alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. It’s still youthfully austere but already balanced, with firm acidity. Drink 2024–2041.”

 

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Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points for GAJA Costa Russi 2016

CR_DOP_NVKerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast has awarded 95 points to GAJA Costa Russi 2016.


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GAJA Costa Russi 2016
“Dark-skinned berry, coconut and balsamic aromas of eucalyptus shape the nose along with a whiff of rose petal. On the tense, youthfully austere palate, taut, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity support red cherry, cranberry, orange zest, brown pepper and a hint of tobacco. Give it time to fully develop. Drink 2024–2041.”

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Wine Enthusiast: 98 Points for GAJA Barbaresco 2016

Barbaresco NV_DOPKerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast has awarded 98 points to GAJA Barbaresco 2016.


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GAJA Barbaresco 2016
“Aromas of rose, red berry and eucalyptus mingle with whiffs of exotic spice on the gorgeous, fragrant red. Loaded with finesse and tension, the elegant, structured palate delivers crushed raspberry, white pepper and star anise set against fresh acidity and taut, lithe tannins. It’s already compelling, but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2022–2036.”

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Wine Spectator: 97 Points for GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016

SSL_DOP_NVBruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 97 points to GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo 2016.


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Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2016
“Features sweet ripe cherry, plum, eucalyptus, tobacco, and spice flavors. The texture is tightly woven and refined, while vibrant acidity drives the long finish. Shows wonderful harmony and the potential for aging. Best from 2023-2045.”

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Wine Spectator: 97 Points for GAJA Costa Russi 2016

CR_DOP_NVBruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 97 points to GAJA Costa Russi 2016.


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Barbaresco Costa Russi 2016
“This delicate red features floral, strawberry, cherry, currant and loamy earthy aromas and flavors. A line of firm tannins adds supports and the finish is long and expansive. Shows terrific balance. Best from 2023-2045.”

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Wine Spectator: 95 Points for GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016

ST_DOP_NVBruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 95 points to GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016.

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GAJA Sorì Tildìn 2016

“Supple and concentrated, delivering cherry, strawberry, iron, tobacco, and loamy earth flavors. Gets silkier and more graceful, playing out on the long finish. Shows excellent harmony and complexity.”

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James Suckling Awards GAJA & Ca’ Marcanda Eight-93+ Point Ratings

Influential wine critic and Italian wine specialist James Suckling has recognized GAJA and Ca’ Marcanda with exceptional scores of 93-99 points.

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GAJA Sorí San Lorenzo 2016
“Glorious aromas of ripe strawberries, cherries and orange peel with flowers and stones and some incense. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with fantastic depth of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes. One of the most structured Sori San Lorenzo’s in a long time.” – James Suckling
** #26 on James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2019 List **

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GAJA Conteisa 2015
“Extremely pure fruit on the nose here with aromas of plums and strawberries and hints of cedar and rose petals, as well as rose stems. Full body. Very tannic and structured, yet polished and refined. Dusty and stony undertones and textures. Drink after 2021.” – James Suckling
** #34 on James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2019 List **

97 points:
GAJA Costa Russi 2016
“Beautiful dried strawberries, flowers and cedar with hints of tar. Full body, round and rich tannins with lots of cedar, tar and tobacco, as well as a hint of chocolate powder. Lovely, long and caressing finish. Gorgeous again. Better after 2022.” – James Suckling

95 points
GAJA Sorí Tildín 2016
“Extremely perfumed aromas of dried flowers, dried strawberries and pumice, as well as tar, following through to a full body, with chewy and polished tannins and a long, juicy finish. Quite broad tannins. Dusty texture. Drink after 2021.” – James Suckling

97 points:
GAJA Sperss 2015
“Very ripe strawberry and cherry aromas with undertones of flowers and cedar. Hints of fresh leather, too. Full body and round, soft tannins with lots of intensity at the finish. Round and fruity, yet always reserved. Needs time to come completely together. Better after 2022.” – James Suckling

96 points
GAJA Barbaresco 2016
“This is all about finesse with power. Such great length here with ever so refined tannins and precise strawberry, cedar, dried-rose and mineral character. Medium body. Fresh and vivid finish. Hard not to drink now, but wait until at least 2021.” – James Suckling

94 points:
Ca’ Marcanda Camarcanda 2016
“Fragrant florals punctuate the nose, ranging from lavender to hyacinth, and there are hints of heather and thyme, too. Citrusy undertones abound. There’s a profundity to the center palate, which is decked out in sheets of dark fruit-flavored, muscular tannins that retain a telltale elegance, as they envelop the peripheries of the mouth. Long and mineral, this is a delightful wine now and will continue to open up as the years go by. Drink from 2023.” – James Suckling

93 points
Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2017
“This is an inviting, colorful red with tea-tree oil, blueberries, violets and lavender. Hints of fresh herbs. Taut, fluid and zesty, it is finely sliced into grippy portions of tannins that sandwich elegant flavors of dark fruit interlaced with carefully tuned acidity. Drink now or hold.” – James Suckling

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Wine Spectator: 95 Points for GAJA Sperss 2015

Sperss NVBruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 95 points to GAJA Sperss 2015.

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GAJA Sperss 2015

“A broad, powerful style, full of well-defined plum, cherry, licorice, leather, iron, and tobacco flavors. The smooth texture adds refinement. Exhibits refinement despite the breadth, The fine, lingering aftertaste picks up elements of wild herbs and spices.”
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Barbaresco DOCG

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Appellation: Barbaresco DOCG
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo

The centerpiece of the portfolio, GAJA Barbaresco is a testament to the Gaja family’s historic commitment to the appellation and its belief that Barbaresco stands proudly with the great growing regions of the world.

The GAJA winery stopped sourcing fruit from other growers in 1961 in order to ensure the utmost quality in its wines. In the early 1960s, Giovanni Gaja began to expand the family’s land holdings, and in 1967, he purchased the renowned Roncagliette farm, where much of the fruit for this wine is sourced today.

In all, GAJA Barbaresco is produced using grapes grown in 14 vineyards in the village of Barbaresco. The grapes from each lot are fermented separately in stainless-steel vats for approximately 20 days, depending on the vintage. After primary fermentation, the wine is racked to barriques, where malolactic fermentation takes place. The separate lots are then aged for one year in barriques (20 percent new, with a balance of 1- and 2-year-old casks). The 14 lots are then blended and racked to large Slavonian oak casks ranging in age from five to fifteen years.

It is important to note the unique bottle shape created by the GAJA winery for this classic wine. The rich, powerful GAJA Barbaresco is intended for aging and thus benefits from a longer cork — and, in 1978, GAJA became the first winemaker in Piedmont to make that change. In order to accommodate the new format (originally 61 millimeters, now 55 millimeters), GAJA redesigned the traditional Burgundian-format bottle used in Piedmont, creating a hybrid bottle with a long Bordelaise neck and Burgundian bottle.

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James Suckling: GAJA Sori San Lorenzo Awarded 99 Points and #52 on Top 100 Wines of 2020

Influential wine critic and Italian wine specialist James Suckling has recognized GAJA Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 2017 with a score of 99 points and the #52 position on his Top 100 Wines of 2020

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#52, Top 100 Wines of 2020
GAJA Sori San Lorenzo 2017
“The aromas of fresh rose petals are amazing with strawberries and citrus underneath. Full-bodied and layered with a complete, very linear and long finish. It turns tight and very serious at the end. Please give this at least five years to show it’s potential.”

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Pictet: “The Success of Gaja’s Winery is Built Around Tradition and Innovation”

Pictet Wealth Management featured the Gaja family in the May 1, 2020 edition of Perspectives, in the article The Success of Gaja’s Winery is Built Around Tradition and Innovation: In Conversation with Gaia, Lucia, Rossana, Angelo, and Giovanni. The article was accompanied by the video Multi-Generational Wealth, Gaja.

As the fifth generation of the family prepares to take on the mantle of running the business, they’re looking to replicate their father’s willingness to always do things differently.

The labels that adorn the bottles from the Gaja winery in northwest Italy are unusually simple, merely displaying the name of the winery, the name of the wine, and the vintage. However, they weren’t always so minimalist. In fact, a look back through the vineyard’s archive of old bottles, dating as far back as the nineteenth century, shows that these labels were once festooned with medals, award crests, and lots of intricate decoration.

My grandfather started the process of taking away the medals and the awards,” says Gaia Gaja. “In the end, he gave more importance to another aspect of the label: his name.” In this way, she says, the labels are a bit like the wines themselves. “The idea is to arrive at an essence of design or an essence of style,” she explains. “Real luxury is taking away what is superficial and unneeded, and getting to the essence of things.” “

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 95 Points for GAJA Gaia & Rey 2018

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Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 95 points to GAJA Gaia & Rey 2018.

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GAJA Gaia & Rey 2018

“The Gaja 2018 Langhe Gaia & Rey is a beautifully pure Piemontese expression of Chardonnay. It opens to a light gold/straw color with brilliant luminosity. This vintage is delicate but determined, powerful but fragile all at the same time. The bouquet is shy to start off and requires (at this young stage when I tasted the wine) ample time to aerate. Once it unwinds, the wine offers fresh citrus, orchard fruit, toasted almond and spice. Only partial malolactic fermentation is completed, so the wine’s energy and inner nerve is very much intact. Flint and mineral play important supporting roles.”

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 95 Points for GAJA Barbaresco 2017

Barbaresco NV_DOPMonica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded a score of 95 points to GAJA Barbaresco 2017.

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GAJA Barbaresco 2017

“The Gaja 2017 Barbaresco is nuanced and delicate with ever-expanding aromatic intensity that amply fills the balloon of your glass. The wine takes a little while to open fully, and it slowly releases forest berry, powdered licorice, toasted aniseed, spearmint, dried lavender and rosemary essence to build a lasting bouquet. The mouthfeel is streamlined and almost steely, with an extremely linear approach that adds to its length and persistency. The tannins are tucked into the wine’s delicate fiber, but you do feel the extra textural firmness of the hot vintage nonetheless. As we have seen in past vintages, more definition is added by a pretty mineral note that is a common thread in these wines from Gaja.”

 

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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.”

 

 

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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.”

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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.”

 

 

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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.”