Gaja "Sori San Lorenzo" Langhe 2007
COLOR Deep red AROMA Highly concentrated currant and black cherry fruit with a hint of coffee, in addition to aromas of fine herbs, minerals and exotic spices. TASTE Almost always the most powerful and austere of Gaja's five single-vineyard wines, requiring a longer time to fully develop. A very focused, concentrated wine with a long, lingering finish and refined tannins, it has excellent aging potential.
External Reviews for Gaja "Sori San Lorenzo" Langhe
96 Points - Wine Spectator"A very silky wine with berry, cedar and tobacco character. Full-bodied, with fine tannis and a fresh finish. Lovely. Seductive and racy. Very long indeed. Strength yet finesse. Best after 2007. (J.S.)"95 Points - Stephan Tanzer "Good full red-ruby. Rather mute on the nose, hinting only at plum. Then plummy, dense and deep, with strong acids giving the wine terrific grip. Notes of licorice, violet and minerals lift the wine's fruit. Comes across as the least filled-in of these three 2001s today, but this still needs time to harmonize. Most impressive today on the powerfully structured, slow-building finish."
Wine Spectator 96 Collectible "A very silky wine with berry, cedar and tobacco character Full-bodied, with fine tannis and a fresh finish Lovely Seductive and racy Very long indeed Strength yet finesse Best after 2007 (JS)" Stephan Tanzer 95 "Good full red-ruby Rather mute on the nose, hinting only at plum Then plummy, dense and deep, with strong acids giving the wine terrific grip Notes of licorice, violet and minerals lift the wine's fruit Comes across as the least filled-in of these three 2001s today, but this still needs time to harmonize Most impressive today on the powerfully structured, slow-building finish"
A banner wine for Gaja, the 2010 Sori San Lorenzo brings the infinite and ethereal aromas associated with Nebbiolo into startling focus and clarity. Again, like the Sori Tildin, the structure and tannic firmness of the wine will carry the wine forward over the years and decades ahead. It demands much more time until it fully blossoms. I walked through the San Lorenzo vineyard with Gaia Gaja and she showed me some of their recent activity. Every second row is planted with barley that acts as a natural rototiller given its aggressive root system. Borrowing other “New World” ideas, they’ve started compost piles with Californian red worms and are using (with less success, I’m told) wooden tree boxes to repopulate the birds. All of this must seem very odd to the neighbors. Anticipated maturity: 2018–2040.
The 2010 Sorì San Lorenzo jumps from the glass with lavender, violets, plums, smoke and licorice, all in a lifted, precise style built on finesse. The tannins are remarkably sweet and polished for such a young wine. The pulsating fruit and sense of structure are reminiscent of the 1999, but here, there is perhaps a little more finesse and slightly more compelling balance.
What a nose of truffles, orange peel and berries. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long chewy finish. This is big and structured. Needs at least four to five years of bottle age. James Suckling. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 3000ml
Subtle aromas of rose and blackberry follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy. Unfolds on the palate. Layered and beautiful. Refined yet structured. Best after 2013. 4,000 cases made. JS
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