Aroma: The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents.
Taste: Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
"The 2004 Barbaresco reveals fresh, perfumed aromatics that lead to layers of crushed flowers, spices and sweet raspberries. This is a wine of rare class, elegance and pure breed. It offers outstanding length and silky, elegant tannins to round out the inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024."
I was always a fan of Italian reds, yet find myself searching for the big, dry wines I love via Cali. Then someone gave me a taste of Gaja barbaresco. You don't find this kind of delicate balance of perfection everyday. Dry, tannic, BIG, yet so beautifully refined. No fruity bollocks here, no shortcuts. This is what wine is about. (Now don't get me started on the single vineyard barbarescos...)