GAJA Barbaresco 2016

  • 14% abv 750ml
  • Country: Italy > Piedmont
    Winery: GAJA
    Grape Varietal: Nebbiolo

    ฿11,000.00

    Wine Advovate / Robert Parker 96, Wine Spectator 96, Wine Enthusiast 98, Vinos / Antonio Galloni 96, James Suckling 96

    Description

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    I tasted this wine over two sittings, one at the winery and one at my home office a few weeks later. Although I can’t claim any extraordinary differences between the two sessions, I noticed a few minimal shifts that are essential to understanding the wine’s future aging ability. The 2016 Barbaresco starts off slow at first, showing a small margin of aromatic evolution in the glass. But come back two hours later, and you can almost hear the soft sounds of the symphony playing just below the surface. The 2016 vintage is characterized by the solid intensity and firmness of its aromas, which transcend fruit and veer toward balsamic herb, licorice, tar and smoke instead. The tannins offer a moment of sweetness and softness, before you are aware of their undeniable firmness. In all, there is a certain glossiness or satiny quality to the mouthfeel that underlines the wine’s carefully crafted integration. I would describe this as a classic and also a somewhat austere Barbaresco that fully deserves extra cellar time to stretch those tight muscles and grow in volume. This wine will award those who wait.During my visit to the Gaja estate this May, I preview tasted samples of the single-vineyard 2016 Barbaresco Costa Russi, the 2016 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo, the 2016 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn, the 2015 Barolo Conteisa, the 2015 Barolo Sperss and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Darmagi. I tasted these wines before they went into bottle, and they were not ready for review. I am returning to Barbaresco later this summer and will deliver my full notes from the Gaja family in a second report to follow. For now, I am only publishing a review of the 2016 Barbaresco and the white wines.

    イタリアワインの生産者として、間違いなくトップクラスの地位を不動ものとしているガヤ。1990年代には本拠地のピエモンテだけではなく、トスカーナ州にも二つのワイナリーを購入。現在、ピエモンテには250エーカー、トスカーナには67エーカーの畑を持ち、両方の産地から世界的高評価受けるワインを数多く造り出しています。14もの畑から造られたネッビオーロを緻密にブレンド。引き締まった上質なタンニンと程よい酸味。カシスやブラックチェリーなどの黒系果実の凝縮した果実味、森の果実、ミネラル、スミレの花、コーヒーなどの複雑な香り。エレガントかつ滑らかなタンニンが口いっぱいに広がった後は、非常に心地よく長い余韻が続きます。

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