Daily Wine 6/2/17:
Gaja – Barbaresco – 2003
- Made from 100% Nebbiolo in the Piemonte, Italy.
- Nebbiolo makes some of Italy’s most ageworthy and complex wines, including Barbaresco and Barolo.
- The grape has a thin skin, so it has a color similar to Pinot Noir, but has firm tannins.
- Barbaresco requires a minimum of 26 months of aging from November 1st of the harvest year (minimum 9 months in wood). The wine, by law, cannot be released until at least January 1st of the third year following the harvest.
- Angelo Gaja launched this winery to legendary status and has been the leader in Barberesco production since the 1960’s.
- He pioneered the vinification of single-vineyards wines in Barbaresco. Well over fifty vineyards exist within the region.
- Angelo’s daughter, Gaia Gaja, is involved in every aspect of the business and will eventually fully take over.
- The family also produces Chardonnay (Gaia & Rey), Sauvignon Blanc (Alteni di Brassica), Merlot (Ca’Marcanda), Cabernet Sauvignon (Darmagi), a few Sangiovese wines from Brunello di Montalcino, Vin Santo style wines, a new venture in Sicily, and others.