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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 104989
Garnet in color. The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
The 2006 Barbaresco reveals terrific concentration, depth and purity. This is a remarkably soft, harmonious Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja with pretty notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and spices. The wine turns more powerful in the glass, as it gains additional richness, volume and depth, all of which carry through to the polished finish. The wine’s balance is impeccable, and this is easily is one the more harmonious, complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Tasted at the infancy of what will undoubtedly be a long and generous lifespan, Gaja's 2006 Barbaresco shows enormous promise and potential. The wine is elegant, rigidly linear and pristine, with well-defined notes of ripe berry fruit and soft spice. It's an amazing achievement that tastes compact and opulent at the same time. Drink after 2015.
Gaja's straight Barbaresco is consistently one of his most beautiful wines, and this 2006 hits the mark with its rich refinement. There’s a mellow scent of anise and cool, truffled earth. Then the finish is all youthful, brooding power; new oak may play a major role in rounding the tannin, but it doesn’t get in the way of the wine’s expression. This should be accessible with three to four years of cellar time, and will age gracefully for a decade or more.
Offers plum and prune on the nose and palate, with hints of cappuccino. Full-bodied, with velvety, chewy tannins and a long finish. Best after 2011. 4,000 cases made.
Good medium red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, rose petal and truffle. Quite powerful for Gaja's basic Barbaresco, with a distinctly medicinal character dominating today. Very deep wine, but this appears to be shutting down. Finishes with a strong impression of tannins. This will require patience.