2018 GAJA Barbaresco – Piedmont

$265.00

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750 ML
On the palate, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins and an expressive and lingering finish, woven together with fresh and balanced acidity. The finish is long with ripe red fruits and hints of leather and tea leaves.

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In 2001, after 25 years of correspondence and discussion between Angelo Gaja and the Terlato family, it was announced that Terlato had become the sole U.S. agent for the wines of Angelo Gaja. Tony commented, “I’ve waited 25 years for this.” Angelo responded, “Was it worth it?” Tony said, “Yes it definitely was.” Of this association, Gaja said: “As we enter a new phase in our evolution, Terlato’s experience in developing markets for leading winemakers from Italy and around the world will help us continue to grow while maintaining our absolute commitment to quality.” For the past 21 years, the Terlato family has represented the GAJA portfolio. This date marks the start of a partnership and friendship between Terlato and the reputable GAJA family. GAJA was responsible for the resurgence of Italian wines and it was a proud moment for the Terlato’s to begin representing one of the world’s most recognized Italian brands. Angelo Gaja later said, “Tony Terlato is a true wine and business visionary,…he played a key role in bringing great wines of the world to the American market…one of the most important figures in the world of wine.”

Description

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 all, GAJA Barbaresco is produced using grapes grown in 14 vineyards in the villages of Barbaresco and Treiso.

Wine Enthusiast – 98 Points

Fragrant and loaded with extraordinary finesse, this radiant red offers intense aromas of rose, violet, perfumed berry and camphor. The savory palate boasts flavor, energy and almost ethereal elegance, featuring red cherry, raspberry compote and baking spice alongside taut, polished tannins. It closes on a note of star anise while vibrant acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It’s already enjoyable but will also offer years of fine wining. Drink through 2033. Dec/2021 —KERIN O’KEEFE

James Suckling – 97 Points

“Aromas of ripe strawberries with hazelnuts, blood oranges and some coconut. Full-bodied with very refined and polished tannins that nicely form this young red wine. Fresh and delicious aftertaste of berry, cedar, bark and dark chocolate. Ever so subtle, yet powerful and driven at the finish. Very long and intense. Very classical style to it and cooler. This is a blend of seven vineyards including the Costa Russi and Sori Tilden. Approachable now, but better after 2025 and onwards.” Aug/2021 —jamessuckling.com

Jeb Dunnuck – 96+ Points

“The hallmark of the Gaja estate, the Barbaresco is sourced from 14 vineyards within Barbaresco and Treiso. For the 2018 vintage, there will be no single cru bottlings for Barbaresco, and all of the fruit has gone into the estate bottling. The 2018 Barbaresco is pure and inviting, with perfumed notes of rose petal, ripe raspberry, and clove. Medium-bodied and approachable, with super fine-grained tannins, it offers fresh strawberry, orange pith, and dusty earth. The undeniable elegance of this 2018 is joyful now, though it will be great to revisit over the next 15 years. Drink 2022-2036.” May/2021 Audrey Frick —jebdunnuck.com

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