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Balanced and mature. Dark fruit and saddle leather, smooth, long finish. Many at the table felt it was the best wine of the night. I prefer bigger wines, but this was well made by every measure. Drinking beautifully esp with the lamb.
1989 was an excellent year, but only in Piedmont. In almost all the other Italian wine regions the late maturing of the grapes was hindered by bad weather. In Piedmont, it threatened to rain for 15 days (it poured rain everywhere else) but then returned to nice weather and it was possible to harvest some grapes which were in great condition. Because the 1989 vintage was only good in Piedmont (also a few places outside of Italy) it became obscured by the outstanding vintage of 1990 (which was a good vintage worldwide). Angelo recommended we open this bottle 1-1½ hrs before pouring, decanting and then immediately pouring back in the bottle and re-corking (double decanting). The '89 Sperss was showing nicely with a brick red colour, an enticing gamy nose, and classic ''old nebbiolo'' flavours. Hints of rose petal, licorice, nice fruit and long fluidity on the palate. delicious... -nicolas contenta
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The 1989 Sori Tilden is a monument to the Nebbiolo grape, as well as to Barbaresco. Not surprisingly, it is the most backward, tannic, muscular, and masculine of the Gaja Barbarescos. With tons of t... Robert Parker. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1989 Gaja, Angelo Sori Tildin 3000ml
aja's Barbarescos are textbook long-term agers. One of the innovators of his day, Gaja was the first to usie small oak barrels in 1975 to soften the edge of Nebbiolo and craft a rich, expressive rendering of this noble grape. 1989 produced perhaps the best reds of the decade.
Complex and fascinating, offering all sorts of floral, earthy overtones to the solid core of black cherry, blackberry and anise flavors. An intense wine that shows many facets, including a welcome whiff of vanilla and toast on the aftertaste. 2,700 c... Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1989 Gaja, Angelo Sperss 750ml