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Gaja Nebbiolo Barolo Sperss 1985

Winemaker's Notes:

This vineyard lies a few steps from Sori Tildin. Purchased by the Gaja family in 1967, it derives its name from the term "costa," the side of the hill that faces the sun, and "Russi," the nickname of the former owner.

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

Editorial Reviews for Gaja Nebbiolo Barolo Sperss

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.00 5
03/23/2010

Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.Minty and grassy on the nose with a bit of wood still showing and a curious combination of fresh fruit and evolved soy and dried mushroom tones. There are cocoa and truffle hints to the fruit, which has a bit of bitterness to it as well as aromas that recall Cabernet Franc. At first this is elegant in the mouth then dry, woody tannins take hold and give this a hard, short feel. The flavors are tending to the evolved end of the spectrum, with sweet toasted oak and dark cherry fruit trying to balance the soy and earth tones. Overall this is rather lightweight on the palate with the texture dominated by the off-puttingly dry tannins. 86pts


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Snooth User: MasterBevo
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5.00 5
11/30/2008

After 15 years of enjoying many types of wine, this was the FIRST time I ever "got it".... Why people would pay so much for a stupid bottle of wine. This was like nothing I've ever tasted. Literally, 30-45 seconds of constantly changing flavors that start on the tip of your tongue, and roll toward the rear. Oh my... I was left wanting more... My old "favorites" tasted like grape juice. So, drink this if you dare. If might ruin your appreciation for "normal" wine.


External Reviews for Gaja Nebbiolo Barolo Sperss

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/27/2011

The Sori Tildin presents a stark contrast to other wines in the flight in its super-ripe, concentrated style.  The aromatics are somewhat muted.  This seems to offer outstanding potential, although ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1985 Gaja Sori Tildin 750ml



This vineyard lies a few steps from Sori Tildin. Purchased by the Gaja family in 1967, it derives its name from the term "costa," the side of the hill that faces the sun, and "Russi," the nickname of the former owner.

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