2008 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa - 750ml

2008 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa - 750ml

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2008 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa - 97 pts!

Gaja is one of the best-known wine producers in all of Italy. Originating in and still based in Barbaresco, in northwest Italy, the Gaja name remains most strongly associated with Nebbiolo-based wines, though the company now makes more wine in Tuscany than Piedmont.

The business was founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja with just 5 acres of vineyards in Barbaresco. Each generation saw expansion, although Angelo Gaja, who took over full-time in 1970, is often credited with the estate's more recent success. He was responsible for overseeing sweeping changes in the vineyards and cellars, and introducing the famed single-vineyard Barbaresco wines Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi (now Langhe DOC wines). These changes were not always well-received: famously, the name of the Darmagi Cabernet Sauvignon translates as 'what a pity', referring to Angelo's father's regret over the introduction of Bordeaux varieties.

Gaja is famous for having modernized Piedmont, introducing international grape varieties and winemaking practices more common in Bordeaux or California. However, traditional elements remain, such as long macerations and the use of larger oak barrels (albeit in combination with new barriques). The estate generated a lot of attention when it began to blend a small amount of Barbera into all but two of its Barbaresco and Barolo wines, relegating them to the Langhe DOC classification. Angelo Gaja insisted this was a traditional practice to correct acidity, and at any rate, the label focused on the vineyard name, rather than the appellation.


Product Details

Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2008
Rating 97 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Location Barolo
Producer Gaja Angelo
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 97 RP - The 2008 Conteisa is a knock-out. It boasts the most striking inner sweetness and perfume imaginable, a quality shared by a handful of legendary Piemonte wines. Juicy red cherries, spices, hard candy and mint caress the palate in this extraordinary, breathtaking wine. The balance of aromatics, fruit, acidity and structure are simply captivating. The 2008 is of course far too young to deliver maximum pleasure, but it is impossible to miss its pedigree. This is a fabulous showing from Gaja. Conteisa is often outstanding, but the 2008 will go down as one of the great all-time vintages for this wine. Conteisa is made from Gaja's plots in the Cerequio vineyard of La Morra.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator 92 WS - A lean, sinewy red, whose cherry, tobacco and wild herb notes are swathed in stiff, muscular tannins. Properly aerated, this finds inner balance, with the fruit prevailing in the end. Shows fine freshness and length.

Burghound

Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2008
Rating 97 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Location Barolo
Producer Gaja Angelo
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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