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Gianni Gagliardo Barolo GG 2011

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
  • JS94
  • WS90
  • W&S90
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A refined red with plums, almonds, chocolate and hints of orange peel.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
A refined red with plums, almonds, chocolate and hints of orange peel. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Wonderful depth of fruit and finesse. Better in 2018. Better than 2010.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Sweet cherry, menthol and licorice flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant Barolo. Shows the richness and softer profile of a warm year, with a spicy finish. Drink now through 2024.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Grapes harvested from the Gagliardo family’s vineyards in La Morra, Monforte and Barolo go into this dark and savory Barolo, with flavors of soy, black tea, pink peppercorn, and bitter chocolate melding together in a rich wine that, with its raspy ripe fruit flavors and grippy finish, offers immediate appeal.
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Gianni Gagliardo

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Gianni Gagliardo, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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Ever since 1847, the Colla family has worked its vineyards in an excellent area, Piedmont’s Langhe zone. The vine dresser’s work was handed down from generation to generation until it reached Paolo Colla, the fourth generation of the family, who dedicated himself with intense energy to Barolo, “the king of wines”. He realized his dream of producing Barolo in the township of La Morra, and dedicated his life to this wine.

Already in the sixties the Barolos from Paolo Colla, full of great finesse and longevity, get major awards in major wine competitions of the time.

In 1973 his daughter, Marivanna, married Gianni Gagliardo, a young man from Monticello d’Alba in the Roero zone on the west bank of the Tanaro river. Gianni was a passionate young man with a notable entrepreneurial talent. The love of Gianni Gagliardo for the vineyards and the Barolo is immediate. Between the two men born a deep friendship and a fruitful collaboration which is the basis of the extraordinary success that the wines Gianni Gagliardo collect worldwide. It is Paul, with paternal affection, to transmit him all the secrets on vineyards and on winery that are used to create the undisputed king of the Langhe vineyards, the Barolo.

From the second half of the eighties, Gianni Gagliardo took the reins of the winery that bears his name, inheriting the secular tradition of the Colla family. From that moment the evolution is unstoppable. It is in fact Gianni to bring all over the world the precious family labels.

The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hilltops, is one full of history and romance of the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soils types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

Nebbiolo

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piemontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. This finicky grape and needs a very particular soil type and climate in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Tiny amounts are produced in Washington, Virginia, Mexico and Australia.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo at its best is an elegant variety with velveteen tannins, mouthwatering acidity and a captivating perfume. Common characteristcs of a well-made Nebbiolo can include roses, violets, licorice, sandalwood, spicebox, smoke, potpourri, black plum, red cherry and orange peel. Light brick in color, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best cuisine. The region is famous for its white truffles, wild boar ragu and tajarin pasta, all perfect companions to Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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