1997 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa Barolo - 98 pts - 750ml

1997 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa Barolo - 98 pts - 750ml

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1997 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa Barolo - 98 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 1997
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Location Barolo
Producer Gaja Angelo
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - 1997 Angelo Gaja Langhe Conteisa Barolo - 98 Pts! Very dark ruby red. Intense and fresh aromas of blackberry tar and lilac. Full-bodied with big chewy tannins and masses of fruit that turn to porcini forest floor and light coffee. Still needs time . A complete wine. Even better than I remember.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2012. 1300 cases made.WS The 1997 Conteisa offers classic aromas of licorice melted tar black cherries wet stones and tobacco. It is a full-bodied unctuously-textured wine of remarkable density and thickness. The tannin is high but sweet. This brawny offering cuts an immense swath across the palate but there are no hard edges and all the component parts are pure as well as well-integrated. There are 15000 bottles of this spectacular wine. A genius for sure Angelo Gaja can not be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. This work of art is worth every cent it will fetch. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 1997
Rating 98 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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