Outspoken and pioneering, Angelo Gaja has done much to change the landscape of the wines of Barbaresco. He took over the reins of the family estate from his father Giovanni in 1970 and started his process of modernization almost immediately. By the time of the 1978 vintage, he replaced the traditional large bottle in favor of French barriques, a step which caused many heads to turn at the time.
Today, the business is very much a family affair with his wife and children all playing a vital role in either winemaking, management or marketing of the estate’s wines. Mostly a red wine producer, Gaja also releases a white blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from estate-grown fruit under the Langhe classification called Rossj-Bass.
Light gold-straw color with brilliant luminosity.
The bouquet is shy to start off and requires ample time to aerate. Once it unwinds, the wine offers fresh citrus, orchard fruit, toasted almond and spice.
Only partial malolactic fermentation is completed, so the wine's energy and inner nerve are very much intact. Flint and mineral play important supporting roles.
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