2015 Barolo, Sperss, Angelo Gaja (Bottle)

Italy Piedmont

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.

2015 Barolo, Sperss, Angelo Gaja (Bottle)

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.

Italy Piedmont
Producer Angelo Gaja
Region Piedmont
Country Italy
Grape Variety Nebbiolo
Vintage 2015
Colour Red

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Vinous

Gaja s 2015 Barolo Sperss is especially refined in this vintage, although there is plenty of Serralunga power and muscle lurking beneath. Dark and enveloping in feel, the 2015 is also shockingly approachable for a young Sperss. Smoke, gravel, licorice and dark spice develop with time in the glass, adding shades of nuance to a core of plum and black cherry fruit. Beautifully persistent and deep, the 2015 is a gorgeous wine that also perfectly encapsulates the current Gaja style that is all about understatement and finesse.

97 Points / Drinking 2025 - 2045

By Antonio Galloni / February 2019

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.

98 Points / Drinking 2025 - 2045

By Antonio Galloni / November 2019

Robert Parker 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.

97+ Points / Drinking 2025 - 2050

By Monica Larner / August 2019