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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Gaja Costa Russi 1999
Gaja Costa Russi 1999
(search item no. 93024)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $339.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Dark ruby. The 1999 Costa Russi is a soft, supple effort for the vintage, with a deeply nuanced nose and a rich core of sweet dark fruit buffered by prominent minerality on the seamless, long palate. Although not especially complex, this Costa Russi exhibits an elegance and finesse in its understated expression, and it is undoubtedly a highly enjoyable wine. True to type, it is also the most accessible of the single-vineyard wines from Barbaresco. It should age gracefully until at least age 20."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
93 Points

"Deep red-ruby. Reticent aromas of dark fruits, minerals and bitter chocolate. Vibrant, delineated and penetrating, with intense dark berry flavors. Finishes very long and lively, with a firm tannic spine and excellent thrust and grip."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
93 Points

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About Gaja:

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 he served. In 1859, he founded the Gaja Winery, producing some of the first wine from Piedmont to be bottled and sold outside the region. Ever since, the winery has been shaped by each generation’s hand, notably that of Angelo Gaja. Under Angelo's direction, the the native Nebbiolo grape was elevated to world-class esteem.

Today, Angelo Gaja, alongside Guido Rivella, his winemaker since 1970, and his daughter, Gaia, advance their legacy. To fully realize their vision, all Gaja wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown in estate-owned vineyards, including 250 acres in Piedmont's Barbaresco and Barolo districts as well as estates in Pieve Santa Restituta (Montalcino) and Ca’Marcanda (Bolgheri). It is from these storied vineyards, and the earth, weather and vines upon them, that Gaja wines reveal their true heart.