2004 Angelo Gaja Langhe Sperss Barolo - 99 pts - 750ml

2004 Angelo Gaja Langhe Sperss Barolo - 99 pts - 750ml

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2004 Angelo Gaja Langhe Sperss Barolo - 99 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 2004
Rating 99 WS 96 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

96 RP - Gaja's 2004 Langhe Sperss is an infant. Still incredibly primary, it exudes the essence of Serralunga black fruits, smoke and tar. The new oak is still very evident here and the wine seems to be at an awkward phase of its development. Still, it offers stunning concentration as well as length, with soft, caressing tannins that frame the fruit all the way to the long finish. This wine is in need of serious bottle age and may very well merit a higher score once it emerges from its temporary period of dormancy. 

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator 99 WS -  Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints of vanilla. Sneaks up on you to deliver a red for aging. Massive. An amazing wine. 1,500 cases made. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2004
Rating 99 WS 96 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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