Gaja   Sori San Lorenzo

1997 Sori San Lorenzo

By Gaja

1997 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja, Piedmont, Italy

In the realm of fine wines from Italy, Gaja is more than just a winery—it's a cornerstone. The 1997 Sorì San Lorenzo, in particular, encapsulates the energetic narrative of this illustrious winemaking family. A classic vintage year across the breadth of the wine-producing world, particularly in Piedmont, imparted exceptional focus and flavour intensity into this seductive and complex Barbaresco.


A seasoned journey of a standout vinification

This resplendent wine giving credence to its Blue-chip producer status possesses a faultless fusion of power and refinement unsurpassed in this vintage. The sublime 1997 growing season with its long, warm summer glowing with optimal sunshine allowed the Nebbiolo grapes to ripen gradually developing concentrated flavours nuanced by alluring aromatic complexity.

The palate is resounding yet refined, offering layers of black cherry and raspberry interwoven with hints of dried green herbs, spice box, and licorice. Its enduring finish is amplified by poised tannins and laudable acidity delineating its unmistakable pedigree.


An Italian maestro bolstering your wine investment portfolio

Recognised universally as a coveted asset among wine investors, the 1997 Sorì San Lorenzo's metamorphic longevity is Brooks Robinson–esque: a measure for every other Barbaresco to aspire. A tool like this adds powerful diversification and assurance to an investor’s cellar conferring depth while ensuring robust returns.

The 1997 Sorì San Lorenzo is indeed a compelling testimony of enology that gracefully harmonises innate terroir expression with masterful winemaking artistry. This is not simply another testament to Gaja’s prowess but a crystalline reflection of a singularly exemplary vintage of the late 20th century in Piedmont.

For those intent on expanding their fine wine portfolio, or for the discerning collector seeking admirable Italian treasures, the 1997 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja is indeed the embodiment of rewarding patience and persistence indicative of a truly sophisticated wine investment. Indeed, this is the epitome of Nebbiolo–powerful, precise, and worthy of long-term cellaring.

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Profound, the 1997 Sori San Lorenzo is an elegant, nuanced, and complex Gaja offering. It exhibits a striking perfume of lead pencil, roasted nuts, black fruits, spice box, leather, cedar, and Chinese black tea. Forward yet enormously constituted and rich, with an ethereal elegance underpinning its personality, the Sori Lorenzo displays a classic combination of power and finesse. Sadly, there are only 10,000 bottles. As this wine sat in the glass, notes of Japanese soy sauce made an appearance. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2030. A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja can not be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. This work of art is worth every cent it will fetch. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-89000

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 June 2001

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