Gaja Barbaresco 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Garnet in color. The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
"The 2006 Barbaresco reveals terrific concentration, depth and purity. This is a remarkably soft, harmonious Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja with pretty notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and spices. The wine turns more powerful in the glass, as it gains additional richness, volume and depth, all of which carry through to the polished finish. The wine’s balance is impeccable, and this is easily is one the more harmonious, complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
The Wine Advocate
"Tasted at the infancy of what will undoubtedly be a long and generous lifespan, Gaja's 2006 Barbaresco shows enormous promise and potential. The wine is elegant, rigidly linear and pristine, with well-defined notes of ripe berry fruit and soft spice. It's an amazing achievement that tastes compact and opulent at the same time. Drink after 2015."
"Gaja's straight Barbaresco is consistently one of his most beautiful wines, and this 2006 hits the mark with its rich refinement. There’s a mellow scent of anise and cool, truffled earth. Then the finish is all youthful, brooding power; new oak may play a major role in rounding the tannin, but it doesn’t get in the way of the wine’s expression. This should be accessible with three to four years of cellar time, and will age gracefully for a decade or more. "
Wine & Spirits
"Offers plum and prune on the nose and palate, with hints of cappuccino. Full-bodied, with velvety, chewy tannins and a long finish. Best after 2011. 4,000 cases made. "
"Good medium red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, rose petal and truffle. Quite powerful for Gaja's basic Barbaresco, with a distinctly medicinal character dominating today. Very deep wine, but this appears to be shutting down. Finishes with a strong impression of tannins. This will require patience."
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