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Angelo Gaja

An evening with Angelo Gaja 
March 9, 2004 
Peninsula Hotel, Chicago
Hosted by Binny's and Paterno Imports

Wines tasted:
Alteni Brassica 2000
Gaia & Rey 2001
Sito Moresco 1999
Darmagi - 1999
Sperss 1998
Sori Tildin 1998
Gaja Barbaresco - 1978, 1989, 1999, 2000

 

Producer: Gaja
Appellation (s): Piedmont, Langhe Barolo and Barbaresco
Tuscany, Montalcino and Bolgheri
Featured
Wine (s):

Gaja Barbaresco
Gaja Sperss
Gaja Sori Tildin
Gaja Costa Russi
Gaja Darmagi
Gaja Sito Moresco
Gaja Conteisa
Gaja Sori San Lorenzo
Gaja Gaia & Rey
Gaja Alteni Di Brassica
Gaja Rossj-Bass
and from Tuscany -
Pieve S. Restituta (Montalcino)
Ca' Marcanda (Bolgheri)

Winemaker (s): Guido Rivella
Website: http://www.paternowines.com/wines/italy/gaja/
 
Journal entries: Date, Wine, Rating, Price, Comments
Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2002 April 9, 2009 - Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promis Toscana IGT 2002 - RM 90 - $39  Much more fruit and more approachable than earlier tasting. Medium bodied, juicy black cherry, blackberry, red raspberry, with hints of pepper, oak and vanilla. Interesting blend of Merlot 55% Syrah 35% and Sangiovese 10%.
Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2003 September 24, 2008 - Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2003 - RM 90 WS 92 - $95 - True to the Gaja Piedmont Barbaresco style - full bodied - intense firm dark black berry, bark, a hint of tar, licorice, anise, and slight smoke on a moderate finish. A new label from Gaja from the Dagromis Family property in nearby Barolo near the village of Barbaresco. - 100% nebbiolo. Tasted at Ciba Wine Bar & Trattoria at DCA - Reagan National.
 
Sept 14, 2005 - Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promise 2002 - RM 88 - A new estate of the famed Gaja family, planted in cab, merlot, and shiraz in Bolgheri. Medium bodied and firm - the dark berry and black cherry fruit is accented tones of vanilla and oak.  This wine and the one above are featured and were tasted at the wine bar at the fabulous China World Hotel in Beijing.
 
Mar 9, 2004 -
 
Sito Moresco 1999
 
Appellation: Langhe D.O.C.
Varieties:  Nebbiolo 35%, Barbera 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
Vineyards: Barbaresco, Trieso and Serralunga
 
Notes: Scents and flavors of smoke and charcoal give way to berries on the finish.
 
Gaja Darmagi 1999 
 
The only Gaja wine with 'new world' grapes or Bordeaux style blend. Darmagi is Piedmontese for "what a pity", a comment by Angelo's father Giovanni on converting the vineyard from Nebbiolo to Cabernet Sauvignon. This big brawny cab based wine should've been tasted last. As it was it overpowered the more complex Nebbiolo's that followed. It took some time for the mind and palate to 'recover'.
 
Appellation: Langhe D.O.C.
Varieties:   Cabernet Sauvignon 95%,  Merlot, 3%, Cabernet Franc. 2%
Vineyard (s): Darmagi located in Barbaresco
 
Notes - Very dark in colour - almost looks like coffee! Huge nose of floral and a hint of mocha! Soft smooth but chewy tannins. Complex tastes of blackberry, black cherry, mocha and a bit of cassis. Medium body - not overwhelming.
 
Gaja Sperss 1998
 
Sperss is Piedmontese for "nostalgia" - referring to the family's affection for the powerful character of the Serralunga wines. They purchased 30 acres in one of Serralunga's best areas in 1988 for this single vineyard designated wine.
 
Appellation: Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C.
Varieties: 94% Nebbiolo, 6% Barbera
 
Notes: Scents of flowers and mocha. Huge mouthfeel of ripe and full tannins. Very subdued tastes of licorice, tar, and touch of truffles.
 
Gaja Sori Tildin 1998
 
Sori means hilltop with a southern exposure; tildin was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey.
 
Appellation: Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C.
Vineyard: Sori Tildin in Barbaresco
Varieties: Nebbiolo 95% ,  Barbera 5%
Notes:
 
Barbaresco 1978
 
The flagship wine of Gaja, named after the village of its origin.
 
Appellation: Barbaresco D.O.C.G.
Varieties: Nebbiolo
 
Notes: Scents of sweet licorice ala "Snaps" candy and wet earth. That same sweet licorice taste predominates with a tar side note. Long finish of complex but smooth and chewy tannins.
 
Barbaresco 1989
 
Notes: Ala the '78 but much more forward and more fruit which is still very subdued. That same nose of sweet licorice. Huge mouthfeel of tannins and 'Snaps' licorice and tar on the opening that give way to a long smooth complex tannic finish with a subtle floral aftertaste. Best and personal favorite of the tasting.
 
Barbaresco 1999
 
Notes: That same distinctive characteristic predominant licorice and floral nose and tastes. Huge 'Snaps' licorice taste accented with floral then revealing a slight earthy taste but then falling off. The fruit falls off at the beginning.
 
Barbaresco 2000
 
Notes:  More subdued than the 1999, as if in 'neutral'.
 
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