Gaja Barbaresco 2018
Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
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Gaja Barbaresco 2018

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Founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja, the winery of the same name is probably the symbol of the Langhe, with all its history and the legacy it delivers to posterity. Led with passion, strength and tenacity by Angelo Gaja together with his sons, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, it is one of the most important companies for the production of Barbaresco.

A bright example of this is the Barbaresco DOCG, born in the Municipality of Barbaresco, from a rigorous selection of pure Nebbiolo grapes from 14 vineyards. After an exclusively manual harvest, the wine ages for 12 months in barrique, 12 months in large barrels and a further 12 months in bottle. It is a wine that amazes like few others, the banner of the famous winery, which pursues its traditionalist ideal even in wines, without renouncing the most modern and avant-garde equipment in the cellar.

A Barbaresco that stands out for an intense garnet red colour and that enchants the nose with distinctive aromas of citrus fruits, wild strawberries, elderflowers and white pepper. As seductive and fascinating as few can be, it wraps the palate in a full-bodied and elegant way, with silky tannins and a long and persistent finish. For its extraordinary aging potential, which can last up to 40 years, it is the ideal wine to capture a memory, for an important gift, to seal the magic of a moment. Its splendid organoleptic profile, which adds an important element to the history of Italian enology, makes it the ideal wine to pair with game and red meat dishes, as well as game and aged cheeses.

The centerpiece of the portfolio, GAJA Barbaresco is a testament to the Gaja family's historic commitment to the appellation and its belief that Barbaresco stands proudly with the great growing regions of the world. The GAJA winery stopped sourcing fruit from other growers in 1961 in order to ensure the utmost quality in its wines. In all, GAJA Barbaresco is produced using grapes grown in 14 vineyards in the villages of Barbaresco and Treiso.

98 Points - Wine Enthusiast     Fragrant and loaded with extraordinary finesse, this radiant red offers intense aromas of rose, violet, perfumed berry and camphor. The savory palate boasts flavor, energy and almost ethereal elegance, featuring red cherry, raspberry compote and baking spice alongside taut, polished tannins. It closes on a note of star anise while vibrant acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It’s already enjoyable but will also offer years of fine wining. Drink through 2033.

97 Points - James Suckling     Aromas of ripe strawberries with hazelnuts, blood oranges and some coconut. Full-bodied with very refined and polished tannins that nicely form this young red wine. Fresh and delicious aftertaste of berry, cedar, bark and dark chocolate. Ever so subtle, yet powerful and driven at the finish. Very long and intense. Very classical style to it and cooler. This is a blend of seven vineyards including the Costa Russi and Sori Tilden. Approachable now, but better after 2025 and onwards.

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck     The hallmark of the Gaja estate, the Barbaresco is sourced from 14 vineyards within Barbaresco and Treiso. For the 2018 vintage, there will be no single cru bottlings for Barbaresco, and all of the fruit has gone into the estate bottling. The 2018 Barbaresco is pure and inviting, with perfumed notes of rose petal, ripe raspberry, and clove. Medium-bodied and approachable, with super fine-grained tannins, it offers fresh strawberry, orange pith, and dusty earth. The undeniable elegance of this 2018 is joyful now, though it will be great to revisit over the next 15 years. Drink 2022-2036. Rating : 96+

94+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate     The Gaja 2018 Barbaresco is a wine of grace and purpose, with an elegant bouquet and a more powerful palate presence. These recent releases from the venerated house of Gaja are some of the most transparent and honest expressions to be found anywhere in the Langa. Some of the flashiness we saw in the past is today replaced by subtle Nebbiolo nuances and finesse, with crushed flowers, coriander, wild berry, smoke, tar and candied orange peel. This shift in character runs parallel to the slow and careful management transition from an older generation to a younger one. This 2018 vintage comes alive in the mouth, thanks to its balanced acidity and the absolutely bright and pristine quality of fruit delivered with such care.

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