AROMA: The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents.
TASTE: Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
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 village of Barbaresco.
It is important to note the unique bottle shape created by the GAJA winery for this classic wine. The rich, powerful GAJA Barbaresco is intended for aging and thus benefits from a longer cork - and, in 1978, GAJA became the first winemaker in Piedmont to make that change. In order to accomodate the new format, GAJA redesigned the traditional Burgundian-format bottle used in Piedmont, created a hybrid bottle with a long Bordelaise neck and Burgundian bottle.
Wine EnthusiastGaja's classic Barbaresco is gorgeous in 2010, showing an intense perfume of violet, earth and ripe red fruits punctuated by balsamic notes. The palate delivers rich wild cherry notes layered with mint, cinnamon and eucalyptus. This is structured and elegant and will develop more complexity over time. Drink this after 2018.
James SucklingVery aromatic with strawberries, flowers and cherries. Some sawdust character from the wood barrels. Full body with super-integrated tannins and a creamy, cherry and cedar undertone. Very elegant. Better in 2015.