Gaja   Costa Russi

2001 Costa Russi

By Gaja

2001 Costa Russi from Gaja, Piedmont, Italy

The 2001 vintage of Costa Russi from Gaja is a compelling testament to the untamed elegance of Italy's Piedmont region in that year. The beauty of this fine wine lies in its extraordinary depth and the lush, layered expression that spills from the glass.


Unveiling the 2001 Vintage

The climatic conditions of 2001 were characterized by a long-growing season with sufficient rainfall and sunshine which resulted in optimally ripe grapes. Despite facing challenges in spring, Gaja's vineyards overcame and gifted us this exemplary vintage - a tangible testament to the resilience of nature.

The 2001 Costa Russi effortlessly encapsulates the fierce spirit of Nebbiolo grapes under this temperamental weather. With portal to the past, this distinctive vintage offers a fascinating study for those investing in fine wines from Italy.


Tasting Notes

Once uncorked, it reveals tantalising notes of tar, roses, sweet berries - a symphony of flavours that echo walnuts, autumn leaves and dried cherry. Bearing the classic Gaja signature, it carries forth an extensive depth while retaining an aura of subtle grace.

This fine wine has matured beautifully over the years; its impressive structure still intact even after two decades. A well-integrated tannic backbone further imparts confidence about its ability to continue aging gracefully.


Final Impressions

The 2001 Costa Russi is an eloquent snapshot of the Piedmont landscape etched poetically with time. It shines as a fine product of Nebbiolo's adaptability; each sip offers gustatory proof of Italy's viticultural prowess - a truly rewarding investment for those exploring Italy's fine wine spectrum.

Whether you revel in its enchanting palate today or decide to let it further evolve, the 2001 Costa Russi from Gaja represents a compelling opportunity for fine wine investors looking to indulge in the delight that this vintage readily promises.

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The 2001 Costa Russi is classy and gracious. Sweet dark berries, flowers, spices and licorice are woven together beautifully in this supple Costa Russi. The tannins could use more bottle age to soften further, but the Costa Russi is hugely attractive even today. Sweet tobacco, spices and crushed flowers linger in the empty glass. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2033. Angelo Gaja isn’t the talkative type too often these days. Most of the time I am greeted, left alone in a room to taste, and then greeted again before I leave. On this day, though, Gaja started talking about vintages, and in particular the misconception that wines from hot years don’t age. Gaja cited 1961, a warm year in Piedmont, and one of the most legendary at the time. The wines aged just fine, added Gaja. What struck me most, though, was how clear Gaja’s recollection was of events that transpired fifty years ago. I know only one other person in Piedmont who has a similarly sharp memory that goes that far back. What does that have to do with these 2001s? Not much, except that it seemed like an interesting anecdote to share. Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604 8900

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 25 April 2012

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