“This is a superb set of wines from the Gaja family…the 2020 Barbarescos are gorgeous, vibrant wines that impress with their delineation. The 2020s need time in the glass to emerge, but the signatures of each wine are very much present.”Antonio Galloni
Back after a two vintage break where no wine was released, we are very pleased to have the “gorgeous” 2020 single vineyard Barbarescos from Gaja to offer.
The Gaja family have been making wines in Piedmont’s Langhe hills since 1859, and were pioneers in single cru bottlings with their first Sorì San Lorenzo released in 1967. Today they work with three single vineyards, and we’ve included a little information on each below.
The 2020s show beautiful terroir specificity, great precision of fruit and are fantastically pure and elegant. For Galloni, “These days, the Gaja wines are defined by greater energy than in the past, but they remain quintessentially Gaja in breeding.”
Sorì San Lorenzo
At just over 3 hectares in size, this vineyard is known for rich wines with exceptional ageing potential. On the 2020, James Suckling says “The aromas are like a bouquet of pink roses. So perfumed. Citrus. It also has subtle and pure aromas of strawberries, cherries and stone.” (98 points, James Suckling)
Pricing: £1550 per 3 bottles (In Bond)
The vines here are on average 50 years old, and give complex and voluptuous wines with dark red fruit flavours. The 2020 is a powerful, full-bodied, deep expression of this vineyard. (99 points, James Suckling)
Pricing: £1400 per 3 bottles (In Bond)
Situated just below Sorì Tildìn, the vines here are on average 65 years old. As in 2020, wines from this vineyard tend to drink sooner than the other two. For Galloni, the “2020 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a classy, polished wine”. (97 points, James Suckling)
Pricing: £1275 per 3 bottles (In Bond)