Gaja Barbaresco 2015
96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Gaja Barbaresco 2015
96 Points Wine Enthusiast
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Winemaker Notes

Garnet in colour. Clean and expressive, both at the nose and the palate, this wine opens with pure floral notes of rose petal and elder flowers. Warm spices like black pepper and tobacco give roundness to the bouquet. The palate features a remarkably sweet fruit concentration, with juicy and sweet red and black fruit, such as red cherry, plum and blueberry.
Wine Enthusiast - 96 Points
Woodland berry, blue flower, sunbaked soil and a whiff of dark spice shape the nose. Structured and extremely elegant, the focused, impeccable palate doles out juicy red cherry, strawberry, baking spice and star anise set against taut polished tannins that provide seamless support. It’s well balanced, with fresh acidity. It’s already tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2022–2032.
Cellar Selection
 
James Suckling - 95 Points

A rich and layered Barbaresco with cedar and plums, as well as light leather and rose aromas that follow to a full yet balanced palate and a chewy finish. Very polished. Drink in 2020, but already beautiful.

Wine Spectator - 95 Points
A combination of savory and fruit elements, this red reveals cherry, berry, eucalyptus, menthol, tar and mineral flavors. Firms up, with monolithic tannins locking this tight. Patience is required. Best from 2023 through 2042. From Italy.
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 Points

The 2015 Barbaresco was to be bottled a week after I tasted this sample for review. Gaia Gaja was waiting for the right moon before commencing bottling. This vintage is not unlike the 2005 growing season that saw a good amount of rain in spring and scorching heat in the summer. The risk of downy mildew made vintners extra vigilant. Although the 2015 vintage was not ideal for color fixing Nebbiolo (indeed, this wine is slightly less intense in terms of its color saturation), it did prove an important year for power, structure and dry extract. This is a full and generous expression with a fine, loose texture and rich fruit flavors.

Decanter - 92 Points
Classic Nebbiolo perfume of violet and raspberry, followed by red cranberry and cherry fruit. Sweet, slightly creamy oak; this is approachable and – although it lacks the depth of the single vineyard wines – it’s still impressively long with gorgeous charm. Drinking Window 2018 - 2032