Gaja Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2012

$174

GUARANTEED BEST PROVENANCE: IMPORTED BY AIR FROM ITALY AND STOCKED IN CALIFORNIA Angelo Gaja needs no introduction, and his 2012 Barbaresco is dense with super-ripe black fruits, dark cherries, tobacco, great stoney minerality. Sourced from his Sori Tilden and San Lorenzo cru wines since Angelo did not release them in 2012. I'd lay this one down in your cellar for a while, but if you just can't wait and want to pop a cork now, I'd pair this one with good fatty meats; think grilled rib eyes, hearty beef stews, and juicy pork sausages. Flash roasted leg of lamb served rare pairs really well.

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Ratings on Delectable

Aaron Means Delectable Pro

Always world class!

Always world class!

9.2

Luke Kenning Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine Director Farallon Restaurant

In a few years it will be a beauty

In a few years it will be a beauty

8.9

Christine Havens Delectable Pro

Sampled at a trade tasting, the distributor told me that in the 2012 vintage the winery did not bottle their single-vineyard Barbaresco wines, rather this is a blend of all three sites. It's elegant as Gaja wines are wont to be, with caressing notes of tart pie cherries, red forest berries, lilting spice and feminine florality. Fine, supple tannins coat the entire palate, its a beautifully structured wine with length that suspends itself over the tongue. Finishes with nuanced minerality and a pinch of dried mint. Sample

Sampled at a trade tasting, the distributor told me that in the 2012 vintage the winery did not bottle their single-vineyard Barbaresco wines, rather this is a blend of all three sites. It's elegant as Gaja wines are wont to be, with caressing notes of tart pie cherries, red forest berries, lilting spice and feminine florality. Fine, supple tannins coat the entire palate, its a beautifully structured wine with length that suspends itself over the tongue. Finishes with nuanced minerality and a pinch of dried mint. Sample

9.3

Felipe Ferreiro Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

Magnificat 2016

Magnificat 2016

9.3

Louis Schofield Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine Merchant East End Cellars

Impressively light-bodied and barbaresco-like. Brutal tannins at the moment. Probably the most enjoyable Gaja I've had.

Impressively light-bodied and barbaresco-like. Brutal tannins at the moment. Probably the most enjoyable Gaja I've had.

9.5

Rob Mondavi Delectable Pro

Owner/President of Winemaking Folio Fine Wine Partners

Superb. Crisp lively elegant.

Superb. Crisp lively elegant.

9.3

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

Gorgeous aromas with high pitched floral notes, pure fruit and well handled tannins and juicy, fresh acidity for balance. Long and more-ish.

Gorgeous aromas with high pitched floral notes, pure fruit and well handled tannins and juicy, fresh acidity for balance. Long and more-ish.

9.4

LM Segal

Yes, Virginia, there is a reason Gaja is...well, Gaja. And I ain’t Santa Claus, but the kind somm who brought this by as a gift gets that moniker. Ethereal nose of dried, dirty mushrooms, light tar and asphalt. Meticulous layers of cherry tea, dried strawberry and old leather. Despite a few angles this was silky, sensual. Years to go.

Yes, Virginia, there is a reason Gaja is...well, Gaja. And I ain’t Santa Claus, but the kind somm who brought this by as a gift gets that moniker. Ethereal nose of dried, dirty mushrooms, light tar and asphalt. Meticulous layers of cherry tea, dried strawberry and old leather. Despite a few angles this was silky, sensual. Years to go.

9.4

Jordi Pazo

Vila. Cata Barolo & Barbaresco. 225,00 02.10.17

Vila. Cata Barolo & Barbaresco. 225,00 02.10.17

8.9

Peter Slagowitz

Dark damp earth. Muted dark fruit. A bit young but a very nice well structured wine.

Dark damp earth. Muted dark fruit. A bit young but a very nice well structured wine.

9.3