Gaja Conteisa Langhe Nebbiolo 1996

$215

The opaque purple-colored 1996 Barolo Conteisa reveals a sweet, ripe nose with an element of sur-maturite given its over-ripe cassis, melted road tar, licorice, and spice-scented bouquet. It exhibits a voluptuous texture, layers of concentrated fruit, and full body. Its tannin is largely concealed by the wine's glycerin, alcohol, and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Kirk Wallace Delectable Pro

A very nice surprise. Gorgeous. Balanced. Not marred by its oak.

A very nice surprise. Gorgeous. Balanced. Not marred by its oak.

9.5

Manny Abascal

Unlike me this is ageing at a glacial pace. This 1996 was vibrant, energetic, and powerful, wood still present but integrating, balsamic, dark red fruit, leather, spice. Brought by a good friend. Very special wine.

Unlike me this is ageing at a glacial pace. This 1996 was vibrant, energetic, and powerful, wood still present but integrating, balsamic, dark red fruit, leather, spice. Brought by a good friend. Very special wine.

9.4

Richard Portes

19+. Decanting helped. Smooth, perfect balance, very long.bigger than most of today’s Barolos.

19+. Decanting helped. Smooth, perfect balance, very long.bigger than most of today’s Barolos.

9.6

Giancarlo Cicero

Lots of wood. Plenty of fruit that struggled to push through the wood. Give it 5-10 more and try again.

Lots of wood. Plenty of fruit that struggled to push through the wood. Give it 5-10 more and try again.

8.9

Richard Portes

18- deep, structured, lots of fruit with enough acidity that this will go at least 10 more years.

18- deep, structured, lots of fruit with enough acidity that this will go at least 10 more years.

8.9

Galumay Gurruwiwi

Elegant, tannin & oak present in the front, rounds out on the palate afterwards, bit of an abrupt finish, not sure it's a $250 wine by Australian standards. I can't imagine it lasting too much longer, I think 20 years will start to pull it up.

Elegant, tannin & oak present in the front, rounds out on the palate afterwards, bit of an abrupt finish, not sure it's a $250 wine by Australian standards. I can't imagine it lasting too much longer, I think 20 years will start to pull it up.

8.5

Conrad Kenley

Bramble and dark cherry. In a nice place now.

Bramble and dark cherry. In a nice place now.

9.1

Conrad Kenley

This is bramble and dark chocolate

This is bramble and dark chocolate

9.1

Conrad Kenley

Blackberry, tar and casis

Blackberry, tar and casis

8.6

Conrad Kenley

Coming into maturity

Coming into maturity

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