Gaja   Barbaresco DOCG

2005 Barbaresco DOCG

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The 2005 Barbaresco DOCG from Gaja

Exploring the captivating microcosm of Italy's vinous tapestry reveals countless hidden treasures, yet few shine as brilliantly as the 2005 Barbaresco DOCG from Gaja. This masterful vintage encapsulates a tantalizing expression of Nebbiolo, dyed deeply with hues of unparalleled elegance under a prestigious label.


Intrinsic Potency Meets Tamed Opulence

Hailing from one of Italy's most celebrated producers, Gaja's signature lies in its magical blend of power and tenderness, captured impeccably in their 2005 Barbaresco DOCG. In essence, it's a dance between firm tannins and silken textures, fingers interlocked, synchronising each step with fluid grace and resilient strength.

One sip unveils layers of wild red fruits and nuanced truffle notes, cascading over a backbone of poised acidity, evoking an Italian narrative that transcends both climate and era.


A Vintage of Exemplary Grace

The 2005 growing season conjured a magical unveiling for Piedmont; favourable conditions carried the potential for exceptional vintages. Cool spring temperatures unfolded into warmer summer months while autumns heavy with morning fog allowed Nebbiolo to ripen fully by harvest.

This climatic narrative imprinted upon the grapes nurtured by Gaja is discernible in each bottle of their 2005 Barbaresco DOCG. The vintage showcases the distinct regional voice of Piedmont carried via ripe berries mingling with savoury elements in an opera penned by Mother Nature herself.


An Investment Worth Toasting To

Renowned for its longevity, the 2005 Barbaresco DOCG from Gaja holds an enchanting promise to lovers of fine wines from Italy, adding valuable notice to their investment portfolio. Patient ageing reveals the exuberant complexities within this vintage, further elevating its appeal among wine investors.

This extraordinary testament to Gaja's prowess in the realm of Italian oenology, honed from generation to generation, is etched within the 2005 Barbaresco DOCG's DNA. The vintage embodies more than just an awe-inspiring expression of Nebbiolo; it narrates a tale of concentrated power, nuanced elegance and untamed Italian vivacity, crowned with longevity worth investing in.

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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. I was blown away by Angelo Gaja’s 2005 wines from Barbaresco. When all is said and done, Gaja may have well produced not the wine, but rather the wines of the vintage in a year that was excellent but not profound. While Gaja’s 2005 don’t have the explosive, multi-dimensional personalities of his 2004s, they are vibrant offerings that will thrill readers who love Piedmont wines. As always, Gaja blends in a small percentage of Barbera in his single-vineyard wines, but that is hardly noticeable in this vintage. I also noted less new oak than has generally been the case in the recent past. The wines showcase very pure expressions of Nebbiolo and are made in a style that appears to make fewer concessions to the decidedly international approach of previous vintages. In short, these are the most Piedmontese wines I have tasted from Angelo Gaja in a long time. Could it be that the greatest innovator in Piedmont over the last thirty five-plus years has taken a small step towards a more classic style? Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-8900

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2008

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