Garnet in color. The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, minteral and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
"Floral aromatics give way to bright spiced red fruits, menthol and licorice as the 2005 Barbaresco opens in the glass. This is a firm, classically built wine of notable elegance. The tannins are substantial yet beautifully woven into the wine’s mid-weight frame. This is another beautiful Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja, but it will require patience as it is tightly wound today. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030."
The Wine Advocate
"Subtle aromas of rose and blackberry follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy. Unfolds on the palate. Layered and beautiful. Refined yet structured. Best after 2013."
"You pay, dearly, for quality, but rest assured, you get it with Gaja. What sets this Barbaresco apart is the quality of its mouthfeel, which is lush, soft and penetrating without being one-dimensional or too obvious. The wine offers intrigue and complexity with seamless integration of fruit, mineral and toast. Drink after 2015."
"Good deep red. Musky raspberry, minerals and a whiff of dusty oak on the nose. Spicy red fruit flavors offer good juicy cut and verve. A lively, firmly structured midweight that offers very good mouth coverage and finishes persistent and classically dry."
International Wine Cellar