Gaja Featured in Esquire’s ‘Big Black Book’

Acclaimed novelist Jay McInerney’s essay on the Gaja family and GAJA winery — with photographs by Cyrill Matter — is featured in the latest edition of “The Big Black Book,” Esquire’s style manual for successful men.

“The King of Barbaresco” is centered, of course, on patriarch Angelo Gaja, and it offers a compelling look at this legendary figure and the iconic winery he has built. It also casts an eye forward, to a new generation of Gajas who are more than ready to carry on the greatness. And not to be overlooked: McInerney’s deep, personal appreciation for GAJA wines, sprinkled throughout the piece.

A PDF is available for download by clicking on the image below:


‘All Are Scintillating Wines’

The Wine Spectator’s new report on Piedmont, in the April 30, 2017, issue, calls out the excellent 2013 Barbarescos from Gaja. Bruce Sanderson writes:

The 2013 Barbarescos are led by the three single-vineyard offerings from Gaja. With the ’13 vintage, this estate has changed course. In the past, the wines included some Barbera in their blends, but with this vintage they are 100 percent Nebbiolo. In consequence, they have returned to the Barbaresco DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllato e Garantita), with triumphant results.

“Now is the time for us to make our own choices,” Gaia Gaja told Wine Spectator last July, referring to the new generation at Gaja. “Together we want to follow our own path, which is to have the single vineyards back to the Barbaresco denomination and to devote ourselves to Nebbiolo and fully enhance its expression.

I give an edge to Gaja’s Barbaresco Sori Tildin (95, $475) over the Costa Russi (94, $475) and Sori San Lorenzo (94, $475), yet all are scintillating wines.


GAJA Barbaresco on List of ‘The 6 Most Extravagant Bottles of Wine Every True Connoisseur Should Own’

vogueVogue previews sommelier Enreico Bernado’s new book Impossible Collection of Wine: The 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century, and narrows his list of 100 prized wines down to six must-haves for the true connoisseur. And one of the wines on that oh-so-select list is from GAJA, in fine company with Harlan Estate, Château Cheval, Château Montelena, Château Margaux and Chateau Latour.

From the Vogue article:

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“The wines of Angelo Gaja have certainly helped in making Barbaresco and Piedmont well-known wines in the world. The 1989 is an example of what makes this region or terroir unique. It includes the intensity of the fruit combined with hints of spices and earthy qualities. I love the wine’s generosity and what it delivers in terms of complexity.”

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Wine Spectator: 93 Points for 2013 Gaja Barbaresco


In a recent post, Wine Spectator Italy expert Bruce Sanderson reviews the 2013 Gaja Barbaresco, giving it a score of 93 points with this tasting note:

“Cherry, strawberry, cinnamon, peony and chalky flavors mingle in this aromatic red. Lean and firm, with a meaty element, this has all the elements in place. Stretches out pleasantly, but needs time to relax. Best from 2019 through 2032. 750 cases imported.”

This review is available to Wine Spectator subscribers here.


Robb Report: ‘A Pair of Beautifully Atypical Reds from Gaja”

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The September 2016 Robb Report explores GAJA’s DaGromis Barolo as well as Sito Moresco – two wines that “are among the least known from GAJA, though no less delicious,” according to writer Brett Anderson.

In introducing the wines, Anderson notes that evolution of the GAJA winery after Angelo Gaja “took up the reins of the firm in 1961.” He writes:

Angelo was dedicated to elevating the quality of his wines and the reputation of Barbaresco, and he employed many then-controversial techniques, such as using temperature-controlled fermentation tanks and French barriques. He also introduced international grape varieties to the region and acquired two vineyards in Barolo.

Anderson then describes “two of the wines to emerge from these latter initiatives,” writing:

The Gaja 2012 Barolo DaGromis ($75), sourced from the sites purchased by Angelo, presents an elegant bouquet of heliotrope, sandalwood, and anise. On the palate, raspberry, allspice and leather notes overlay a vibrant acidity. The Gaja 2013 Sito Moresco Langhe ($50)—a blend of Nebbiolo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon—combines luscious red-cherry, strawberry, and currant flavors of the Italian grape with the structure imparted by the fresh varieties.

See the winery notes for DaGramis here, and those for Sito Moresco here.


Nourish Magazine Captures the Essence of GAJA

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Nourish, the independent print magazine about food, entertaining and building community, has published a feature on Gaia Gaja that combines beautiful photography and insightful writing to capture the essence of GAJA wines.

The piece touches on the history of the winery, its iconic stature, and its work to adapt and evolve amid a changing climate. The flavor of the eight-page spread is captured well with this excerpt, in which writer Jayme Henderson says that with GAJA wines:

You’re getting the very best expression of a very particular grape, grown in a very environmentally specific region, under the most extraordinary and tedious care, championed by the most energetic brand representative. Gaja’s wines are living examples of a thriving ecosystem, rooted in family, hard work, sustainability, and vision.

You can view and download a PDF of the full piece by click here.