Gaja Conteisa 2003

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

$249.00
Limit 12 bottles per customer
Item No. 92595
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS96
  • ST93
  • RP91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS97
  • RP95
  • 1998
  • WS96
  • RP92
  • 1997
  • WS97
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Winemaker's Notes

Color: Garnet.

Aroma: Expressive floral nose with notes of red berries, plums, licorice and spices.

Taste: The Nebbiolo in Conteisa reflects the essence of the Cerrequio terroir: sumptuous texture and a very refined character with perfectly integrated tannins.

Critical Acclaim

"Offers fabulous aromas of blueberry and lilac. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and round, caressing tannins. This is deep and concentrated, yet wonderfully balanced. Superb. The best Conteisa after 2000."
96 Points

"Good full red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of mocha, brown spices, minerals and flowers. Suave and silky, with lovely life and definition to the raspberry and spice flavors. This has bright, very well-integrated acidity and a strong tannic spine, giving the long, juicy finish superb grip for the year. Turned more tannic with aeration, but there's enticing invigorating minerality throughout. Another standout for the vintage."
93 Points

"The 2003 Conteisa, from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra, is especially intense in this vintage. It is a rich, full-bodied Conteisa made in a sweet, super-ripe style, with outstanding palate presence and well-integrated tannins. In 2003 the floral, spices notes that are the hallmark of this vineyard are somewhat attenuated. Still, all things considered, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

Angelo Gaja and long-time oenologist Guido Rivella produced some of the most monumental wines of their long, storied partnership in 2004. Although I admire Gaja’s wines, especially for their consistency, I rarely find them this emotionally moving and utterly profound. The stable weather and cool, tempering evenings towards the end of the growing season allowed Gaja and Rivella to harvest fairly late in 2004. I remember passing by Gaja’s Barbaresco vineyards in October of that year and seeing fruit still waiting to be picked long after most producers had already brought the fruit in. Gaja’s 2004s from Barbaresco are especially breathtaking for their clarity and precision. The wines also seem less internationally-styled than in the past. Readers fortunate enough to possess the means to acquire these wines won’t want to miss them! The 2003s from the Barolo zones of La Morra and Serralunga are also strong efforts considering the vintage. "Historically in Piedmont there has been an inverse relationship between quality and quantity. Great vintages like 1961 and 1989 were characterized by low yields," says Gaja. "2004 is one of those rare vintages like 1964 and 1990 where quality is high even though yields were generous as well. I think 2004 is a very elegant vintage. It is much easier to achieve opulence in the wines, but finesse is always much more elusive.""
91 Points

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The story of the Gaja Winery can be traced to a singular, founding purpose: to produce original wines with a sense of place which reflect the tradition and culture of those who made it. This philosophy has inspired five generations of impeccable winemaking. It started over 150 years ago when Giovanni Gaja opened a small restaurant in Barbaresco, making wine to complement the food...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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Winemaker's Notes The term "conteisa" is the Piedmontese word for "quarrel" and refers to the historic dispute between the communes ...
Winemaker's Notes The Gaja Conteisa 2009 displays garnet color in the glass accompanied by expressive floral aromas on the nose ...
Winemaker's Notes Garnet color. Expressive floral nose with notes of red berries, plums, licorice and spices. The Nebbiolo in Conteisa ...
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