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Barbaresco Gaja 2011

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"The 2011 Barbaresco opens to a dark garnet color and shows immediate opulence and intensity where its aromas are concerned. There’s an undeniable level of finesse and focus here that goes against all the things you might assume about a warmer vintage like 2011. The mouthfeel is perfectly tempered and smooth with an incredible sense of liveliness and dimension...93"WA 7/14

Gaja:
The Gaja winery was founded in Piedmont, Italy by Giovanni Gaja in 1859. It has been passed down through five generations of the family (who came to Italy from Spain in the 18th century) now under the direction of his great grandson Angelo Gaja. The initial wines were Barbarescos (in the Barbaresco and Treiso districts), then Barolo (in Serralunga d’Alba and La Morra), and through the y... Read more
The Gaja winery was founded in Piedmont, Italy by Giovanni Gaja in 1859. It has been passed down through five generations of the family (who came to Italy from Spain in the 18th century) now under the direction of his great grandson Angelo Gaja. The initial wines were Barbarescos (in the Barbaresco and Treiso districts), then Barolo (in Serralunga d’Alba and La Morra), and through the years the wines have branched out into other styles and vineyard locations, with expansion into Tuscany in the mid 1990s. These began as expressions of Brunello di Montalcino. In 1996, they launched Ca’Marcanda, a Gaja Super Tuscan made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. This highly successful venture in the Bolgheri of Maremma was intended with the Piedmontese understanding of the different terroirs and how they affect specific grapes, celebrating the best expressions of their environment. In addition to outstanding, world renown wines, Gaja also produces some top notch grappas.  Read less

Member Reviews for Barbaresco Gaja

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Snooth User: Grande Passione
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/17/2007

a fantastic wine. beautiful clear bright ruby color, with medium intensity aromas of fresh forest fruits, berries, and licorice. a very well balanced palate with its acidity, soft ripe tannins, and flavours marrying each other perfectly. a long richly fruity lenght of complexity and savouriness which waters my mouth only thinking about it now. definitely a great wine which, in my humble experience, i think will be a great fine wine. to keep for many years.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 08/19/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: carmelo Santiago
62898244
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 11/02/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: pec1a
1011295
1.50 5
Vintage: 1958 11/26/2008

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Barbaresco Gaja

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/18/2015

The 2011 Barbaresco opens to a dark garnet color and shows immediate opulence and intensity where its aromas are concerned. There’s an undeniable level of finesse and focus here that goes against all the things you might assume about a warmer vintage like 2011. The mouthfeel is perfectly tempered and smooth with an incredible sense of liveliness and dimension. Fruit is sourced from Gaja’s many vineyard holdings. Drink: 2017–2035.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/18/2015

Smooth and elegant, this opens with a lovely fragrance of violet, rose, lush dark fruit and a whiff of cake spices. The juicy palate doles out ripe black cherry, licorice and mocha alongside silky tannins. It’s surprisingly fresh and precise for what was a hot and precocious vintage.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/03/2013

The 2009 Barbaresco is absolutely remarkable for the way it carersses the palate with endless layers of sweet red fruit. Will the 2009 shut down in bottle? Truth is, I don't know, but the wine is exceptionally beautiful and polished from the very first taste. Ripe, red berries, crushed flowers and deeply spiced notes are woven into an intricate fabric of indescribable class. I am not sure how Angelo Gaja and his team do it, but this is a super-impressive wine in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. - Robert Parker 93+ Points Gaja's latest Barbaresco shows deep aromatic layers of ripe fruit, leather, black licorice, dried herb and savory tobacco. It is extremely velvety and smooth, with firm tannins and a richly extracted fruit finish. - M.L. Good full bright red. Soil-driven aromas of sour cherry, pomegranate, minerals and leather, lifted by treble notes of flowers and white fruits. Dense and nicely filled in, with a restrained sweetness and enti...


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/04/2014

The 2009 Barbaresco is absolutely remarkable for the way it carersses the palate with endless layers of sweet red fruit. Will the 2009 shut down in bottle? Truth is, I dont know, but the wine is exceptionally beautiful and polished from the very first taste. Ripe, red berries, crushed flowers and deeply spiced notes are woven into an intricate fabric of indescribable class. I am not sure how Angelo Gaja and his team do it, but this is a super-impressive wine in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. - Robert Parker 93+ PointsGajas latest Barbaresco shows deep aromatic layers of ripe fruit, leather, black licorice, dried herb and savory tobacco. It is extremely velvety and smooth, with firm tannins and a richly extracted fruit finish. - M.L. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 93 PointsGood full bright red. Soil-driven aromas of sour cherry, pomegranate, minerals and leather, lifted by treble notes of flowers and white fruits. Dense and nicely filled in, with a restrained sweetness and enticing minty lift contributing to the impression of vibrancy. Finishes quite long, with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. This is excellent. - Stephen Tanzer 92 PointsThe aromas are restrained for now, but the latent perfume is there. Locked up tightly on the palate, with dusty tannins asserting themselves on the finish. Could exude a sense of purity and complexity if given time. Features a long, spicy aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2027. 750 cases imported. BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/05/2011

The latest release from Angelo Gaja, the undisputed king of Barbaresco. The Wine Advocated scored this 94 points saying "All readers need to do is taste the 2007 Barbaresco to get a sense of the promise the vintage holds at Gaja. Soft and seamless on the palate, the Barbaresco shows wonderful integrity in its fruit in an opulent, yet mid-weight style. Fragrant, perfumed aromatics are woven throughout, while an attractive spiciness develops in the glass. There is incredible depth to the fruit and simply phenomenal overall balance. Readers will not want to miss this Barbaresco; arguably Gaja’s finest since 1997." And Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 97 points saying "This is the wine that made Angelo Gaja a household name worldwide. Made according to Barbaresco tradition, the wine reveals itself slowly at first and doles out small aromas of wild berry, licorice, root beer, smoke and graphite that become magically more intense with time in the glass. The acidity, tannic factor and overall sophistication show harmony and masterful balance. Hold until 2018, at least." EXTREMELY LIMITED!!


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2007 05/31/2011

In der Nase erinnert dieses aussergewöhnliche Gewächs an Lakritze und Leder, sowie an die nebbiolotypischen Aromen wie dunkle Rosen und Tabak. Dieser grandiose Weltklassewein betört durch seine reintönige und zarte Frucht. Eine kraftvolle tiefgründige Provenienz mit Stil.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/28/2012

Half Bottle, 375ml Here is a great opportunity to experience one of the great Barbarescos of Angelo Gaja not only more affordably but also in a format where the wine develops more quickly and can be enjoyed much earlier. This 2006 was another outstanding expression of Nebbiolo by the master Angelo Gaja, and it shows the bold intensity and unique character that only he can bring to Barbaresco. With 90+ reviews across the board the Wine Advocate scored it 93 saying "The 2006 Barbaresco reveals terrific concentration, depth and purity. This is a remarkably soft, harmonious Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja with pretty notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and spices. The wine turns more powerful in the glass, as it gains additional richness, volume and depth, all of which carry through to the polished finish. The wine’s balance is impeccable, and this is easily is one the more harmonious, complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026."


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