Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Conteisa 2003
Wine Spectator Review Rated 96 Offers fabulous aromas of blueberry and lilac. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and round, caressing tannins. This is deep and concentrated, yet wonderfully balanced. Superb. The best Conteisa after 2000. Best after 2010. Wine Tasting Notes Garnet. Expressive floral nose with notes of red berries, plums, licorice and spices. The Nebbiolo in Conteisa reflects the essence of the Cerequio terroir: sumptuous texture and a very refined character with perfectly integrated tannins.
Two and a half glasses
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Made with Nebbiolo from Gaja’s holdings in the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra, with a touch of Barbera, this combines finesse, structure and depth. It’s highly perfumed with rose, balsamic notes, berry and spice that follow through to red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, licorice and mint flavors. It’s balanced with polished tannins and closes on a mineral note. Drink 2018–2030.
Floral top notes lead to black cherry and strawberry fruit, with flourishes of tobacco, iron and spice. This red is balanced and light- to medium-bodied, showing a terrific texture. Ample tannins leave a dusty feel on the lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2032.
The 2010 Conteisa is a wine of extreme finesse. Flowers, sweet red berries, hard candy, mint and licorice all emerge from the glass, supported by silky, polished tannins. Today the 2010 impresses for its fabulous, crystalline purity and striking overall balance. The style is aromatic, lifted and all about elegance. The 2010 has only recently been bottled. I won’t be surprised if it is even better in another few years. Conteisa is mostly Nebbiolo with a dollop of Barbera, from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra.
The 2010 Conteisa is a stunner with all the overwhelming elegance that is inherent to this vintage. It opens steadily to reveal red flower, cassis, baking spice, anisette and tobacco. The aromas are expressive and deep with enduring richness. The tannins are slightly sweet and already soft. This is a collectors’ choice. Drink: 2018–2040.
Plentiful red fruits here with hints of toffee and dried flowers on the nose. Full-bodied and tannic with chocolate and orange peel on the palate. Flavorful finish. Try after 2016. James Suckling.
Good medium red. Explosive aromas of redcurrant red cherry violet and licorice. Wonderfully silky and fat on the palate with highly concentrated pliant red fruit flavors that don t quite show the delicate herbal and floral high notes of the 2010. But this big broad plush 2009 boasts an element of finesse to its tannins that s rare for the vintage. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
The 2009 Conteisa is round supple and caressing. Sweet spices meld into flowers red berries and mint in a pretty nuanced wine with considerable early appeal. This is one of the most open accessible young wines I have ever tasted from Gaja. Fine silky tannins grace the inviting finish. Antonio Galloni.