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Gaja "Costa Russi" Langhe Rosso 1998

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Color: Dark ruby/purple. Aroma: It has a captivating, elegant nose, with well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans. Taste: Full body with great concentration and purity; a powerful, rich wine with an intense tannic structure and an extremely long finish.

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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
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External Reviews for Gaja "Costa Russi" Langhe Rosso

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2000 Costa Russi comes across as rich, dense and powerful, with impressive depth in its dark fruit. As always, Costa Russi is the most forward of Gajarsquo;s single-vineyard wines from Barbaresco. The intensity of the fruit carries through nicely to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Terrific aromas of ripe fruit, spices, licorice and blackberries. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit and a lovely balance of round tannins and hints of oak. Very concentrated. Best after 2006.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

The dark ruby/purple-colored, supple-texture 1998 Costa Russi possesses sweet, jammy raspberry and cherry fruit, medium to full body, gorgeous glycerin, low acidity, and a lightly tannic finish. Although large-sized, it has good finesse as well as beautifully pure fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2003andndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Fabulous aromas of rose petals and cherries with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an incredible finish. This is so fine and so long. A real beauty that grows and grows on the palate. Great Nebbiolo. Greatest Costa Russi ever, from 34-year-old vines. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2000 Costa Russi, for me, is no better than the Barbaresco, despite its intense nose and the larger impact of the oak. Intense and sustained, its fruit is a bit less fresh than the 2001 (or the 1999 version of this same wine) and the important concentration of the finish could use a bit more flesh and sweetness. Drink: 2006ndash;2016. Wines like this, made by Piedmontrsquo;s most famous producer, can only arouse some serious doubts about the future of Cabernet in the region.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Herersquo;s a wine that transcends cultures, regions and varietals. La Tacirc;che in Piedmont? Rutherford Cabernet? Balanced, with the sort of ripe, clean, pure fruit that most wine lovers (and winemakers) would kill for. Focused, opulent and elegant, packed with lightly toasted, slightly petrollike aromas and loads of cassis and blackberry flavors. Very firm, so cellar. Best from 2003 through 2026.



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Color: Dark ruby/purple. Aroma: It has a captivating, elegant nose, with well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans. Taste: Full body with great concentration and purity; a powerful, rich wine with an intense tannic structure and an extremely long finish.

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