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Better Than Ever? New Gaja Allocations Including a Rare 100-Pointer - 11/13/2019 - Italy

It's seemingly impossible with a winery of this kind of history and pedigree, but the wines coming from Gaja are among their best ever, further cementing their iconic status in the world of fine wine. Today's examples speak loudly to this. Their flagship 2016 Barbaresco just received it's fourth 96 point mark, garnering some of the best scores this bottling has received from nearly every major publication. On the Barolo front, their singular Sperss just nabbed a 100-point mark from Jeb Dunnuck for the 2015 rendition, reminiscent of their legendary 1997, along with an upgrade from Antonio Galloni. It is a joy to see one of the world's great collectibles performing at such a high level, and these will be a treasure for any collector over the years to come.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Gaja Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 98 $225.00 View
2015 Gaja "Sperss" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 100 $299.99 View

2016 Gaja Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($225.00)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of rose, redberry and eucalyptus mingle with whiffs ofexotic spice on the gorgeous, fragrant red. Loadedwith finesse and tension, the elegant, structuredpalate delivers crushed raspberry, white pepper andstar anise set against fresh acidity and taut, lithetannins. Its already compelling, but hold for evenmore complexity. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (01/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This gorgeous red evokes rose, strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, shaded by tobacco, tar and wild thyme notes. Pure, sleek and intense, with a firm base of tannins and vibrant acidity for support. This should evolve beautifully. Be patient. (BS)" (09/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "This is all about finesse with power. Such great length here with ever so refined tannins and precise strawberry, cedar, dried-rose and mineral character. Medium body. Fresh and vivid finish." (11/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted this wine over two sittings, one at the winery and one at my home office a few weeks later. Although I can't claim any extraordinary differences between the two sessions, I noticed a few minimal shifts that are essential to understanding the wine's future aging ability. The 2016 Barbaresco starts off slow at first, showing a small margin of aromatic evolution in the glass. But come back two hours later, and you can almost hear the soft sounds of the symphony playing just below the surface. The 2016 vintage is characterized by the solid intensity and firmness of its aromas, which transcend fruit and veer toward balsamic herb, licorice, tar and smoke instead. The tannins offer a moment of sweetness and softness, before you are aware of their undeniable firmness. In all, there is a certain glossiness or satiny quality to the mouthfeel that underlines the wine's carefully crafted integration. I would describe this as a classic and also a somewhat austere Barbaresco that fully deserves extra cellar time to stretch those tight muscles and grow in volume. This wine will award those who wait. (ML)" (06/2019)

96 points Vinous: "Gaja's 2016 Barbaresco is positively stellar. A wine of poise and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. Expressive spice and floral notes open up first, but what really stands out is the wine's nuance and delineation. There is a sense of translucency to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. Quite simply, the 2016 is one of the very finest Gaja Barbarescos in recent memory. This is such a gorgeous wine. Don't miss it. (AG)" (11/2019)

2015 Gaja "Sperss" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($299.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Barolo Sperss is another smoking good 2015 that shows the sunny warmth of the vintage in its massive bouquet of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, red plums, Asian spices, violets, and flowery incense. It reminds me of the incredible 1997, and Barolo doesn't get any more sexy or opulent. This brilliant, full-bodied wine has ripe, velvety tannins, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great finish. It needs a solid hour in a decanter if drinking any time soon and will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age. It should drink brilliantly over the following 25-30 years." (11/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Barolo Sperss shows all of the darkness and muscle that are so typical of Serralunga. Black cherry, plum, licorice, incense, gravel, cured meats and scorched earth infuse this potent, backward wine with tremendous character. My impression is that the extraction and oak are all a bit more pushed here relative to the other wines in the range. (AG)" (11/2019)

97 points James Suckling: "Very ripe strawberry and cherry aromas with undertones of flowers and cedar. Hints of fresh leather, too. Full body and round, soft tannins with lots of intensity at the finish. Round and fruity, yet always reserved. Needs time to come completely together." (11/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the 2015 Barolo Sperss, you can taste the iron rust and minerality that is so specific to the soils of Serralunga d'Alba where this wine is born. It is very bold and represents the more powerful of these two wines from Barolo. Cerequio is always the more floral, while the Sperss has an immediate cherry and some lingering, bold, blackberry aromas that make a strong impact. However, this wine does not have the austerity of a classic Barolo. Instead it shows a richer texture and it casts a wider net of flavors. Serralunga d'Alba fruit is marked by stronger concentration and ripeness, with a very firm and unyielding quality of tannin that should hold the wine steady as it moves through its aging evolution. This is a truly beautiful albeit brawny Nebbiolo. (ML) 97+" (08/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of chopped mint, rose and red berry mingle with whiffs of French oak and menthol. The firm, full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, pomegranate, licorice, espresso and tobacco alongside tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. (KO)" (12/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, powerful style, full of well-defined plum, cherry, licorice, leather, iron and tobacco flavors. The smooth texture adds refinement. Exhibits refinement despite the breadth. The fine, lingering aftertaste picks up elements of wild herbs and spices. (BS)" (01/2020)