Gaja   Costa Russi

2001 Costa Russi

By Gaja

Current market price

£3,470.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

247.86

Scores and tasting notes

94

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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