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Gaja- The Emperor of Italian Wine

Gaja is one of the stars of the world wine scene, a producer that is widely credited with transforming not just the image and international reputation of its native Piedmont region, but of Italy as a whole. It has had a significant impact on the way that Italian wine is grown, made, priced, distributed and marketed.

Gaja, founded in 1859, with only two hectares by Giovanni Gaja, whose ancestors originally came from Spain in the 17th Century, is now run by Gaia Gaja, the fifth generation of the family to make wine in Barbaresco. Each generation saw expansion, although Angelo Gaja, who took over full-time in 1970, is often credited with the estate’s more recent success. Angelo is sometimes regarded as one of Italy’s leading modernizers – the counterpoint to Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco’s other superstars.

Gaja is best known for the reds it makes in Piedmont and Tuscany, but around 8 percent of its production is white. There are four vini bianchi in the Gaja portfolio: Vistamare (a blend of Vermentino and Viognier), Alteni di Brassica (a Sauvignon Blanc), Rossj Bass (a Chardonnay with 5 percent Sauvignon Blanc) and, best of all, Gaia & Rey Chardonnay, which ages remarkably well.

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BARTOLO MASCARELLO Barbera D’Alba 2016

BARTOLO MASCARELLO Barbera D’Alba 2016

Italy > Piedmont , Wine Spectator 90, , Vinos / Antonio Galloni 93

More fruitful and juicy than another Barbera d’Alba’s, with a slightly crispiness. The price is high compared to another Barbera d’Alba’s, but the quality is also high. Their tannins used to be hard, but now that the winemaker has been replaced by his daughter, the style is easier to drink. KH-17/20

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HENRI GIRAUD Esprit Nature

HENRI GIRAUD Esprit Nature N.V

France > champagne, Wine Advovate / Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 92, , Vinos / Antonio Galloni 90, Wine Searcher Average rating 89

 

Light and easy for an 80% Pinot Noir, with white spice and vanilla notes from oak barrels. Brewed in the controversial terra-cotta oval tank (Amphora). The color is a pale, transparent gold, with crisp acidity and a refreshing mineral content. The attack is soft with some brioche notes in the aftertaste. KH-17.5/20

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ELIO ALTARE Barolo Arborina 2014

ELIO ALTARE Barolo Arborina 2014
Italy > Wine Advovate / Robert Parker 91, Vinos / Antonio Galloni 93, Wine Searcher Average rating 92

Not intense, transparent garnet, cedar, nutmeg, cinnamon and mint on the nose, Tight tannins, even at this age, the tannins are not so astringent, but elegant. A precursor of the “Barolo Boys”, who aimed to make Barolo drinkable at an early age. The “Barolo Boys” may be associated with modernity and heresy, but they focus true revival of the region’s wines. Their Barolo Arborina is one of the leading single vineyards in Elio Altare. KH- 18/20

濃くはないが透明感のあるガーネット、杉香、ナツメグ シナモン、ミントの香り。引き締まったタンニン、この年でもタンニンに収斂性は少なくエレガント。さすが早くの飲めるバローロを目指した”バローロ・ボーイズ”の先駆け。”バローロ・ボーイズ”というとモダンや異端児を連想するが、この土地のワインの真の復興にフォーカスしたといった方が重みが増す。バローロ アルボリーナはアルターレの中でも代表的な単一畑。
KH- 18/20

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SAN PATRIGNANO Montepirolo 2016

SAN PATRIGNANO Montepirolo Cabernet DOC 2016
Italy > Emilia-Romagna, Wine Advovate / Robert Parker 93, Vinos / Antonio Galloni 92, Wine Searcher Average rating 89

The color is black, transparent garnet, ripe blackcurrant and black fruit intensity. The tannins are super smooth in spite of the Cabernet Sauvignon and ten times reasonable than those of Grand Vin in Pomerol that costs about $2,000. This region seems to work very well with Bordeaux-type varieties and has a tendency to soften the thorny acidity. A long, lingering finish. The wine also contributes to society through a project that support young people recover from drug addiction. KH-18.5/20

色は黒い透明感のあるガーネット、完熟したカシス、黒果実系の凝縮感。タンニンがカベルネ・ソーヴィニヨンにも関わらずスーパースムーズでポムロールのこの10倍ぐらいするワインとひけを取らない。この産地はボルドータイプの品種にはとても相性が良く、とげとげしい酸が柔らかくなる特徴があるようだ。長く続く余韻。このワインは若者を麻薬中毒から復帰させるプロジェクトで社会貢献にも寄与している。KH-18.5/20

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