Gaja   Sori Tildin

2004 Sori Tildin

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A Superior Vintage - 2004 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja

The 2004 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja is a treasure found in the heart of Italy's Piedmont, renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the world. This sturdy vintage gracefully stacks up against its peers, showcasing the bountiful charm and intrinsic elegance typical to this small subregion.


An esteemed palate of elegance and balance

2004 was an exceptional year for Piedmont vineyards, resulting in an annual yield of outstanding quality, each bottle bearing a unique testimony to that year's serene climatic conditions. The Sorì Tildìn from Gaja encapsulates this aura perfectly, tantalising your palate with equilibrium of dense black fruits accentuated by a fine layer of minerality derived from marl soils.

Its confident tannins add structure and promise longevity – a key attribute for fine wine investors who appreciate not only quality but also a wine's endurance over time. With each sip, your senses are thrilled by hints of ripe cherries harmoniously intertwined with an alluring whisper of truffles, warming spices and smoky undertones - an ode to the wine's Nebbiolo heritage.


Gaja's tradition meets an extraordinary year

The standout characteristic of the 2004 vintage was undoubtedly its profound expression of terroir. The maturing process in barrels has only elevated this attribute, presenting now a full-bodied, opulent yet poised wine - not unlike the balance one seeks in promising investment opportunities.


A certainly rewarding venture in vinous elegance

In essence, dedicating part of an elite wine portfolio to the beguiling 2004 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja is not merely an investment in a bottle of Italian wine; it is an informed, calculated play on the enduring legacy of one of the world's most esteemed wine regions. It’s rare that wine treks so close to perfection, but this sumptuous expression from 2004 epitomizes this pursuit splendidly, making it one of the finest wine investment choices budding out from the Italian vineyards.

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Gaja’s 2004 Sori Tildin floats on the palate. It is the most nuanced of these single-vineyard offerings, with gorgeous notes of tar, smoke, roses, violets, sweet toasted oak and earthiness that emerge from the glass in a counterpoint of sublime elegance and stunning purity. It possesses superb length and elegant, silky tannins to round out the finish. This extraordinary Sori Tildin will require at least a few years of bottle age, but it is destined to be one of the vintage’s legendary wines. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Angelo Gaja and long-time oenologist Guido Rivella produced some of the most monumental wines of their long, storied partnership in 2004. Although I admire Gaja’s wines, especially for their consistency, I rarely find them this emotionally moving and utterly profound. The stable weather and cool, tempering evenings towards the end of the growing season allowed Gaja and Rivella to harvest fairly late in 2004. I remember passing by Gaja’s Barbaresco vineyards in October of that year and seeing fruit still waiting to be picked long after most producers had already brought the fruit in. Gaja’s 2004s from Barbaresco are especially breathtaking for their clarity and precision. The wines also seem less internationally-styled than in the past. Readers fortunate enough to possess the means to acquire these wines won’t want to miss them! The 2003s from the Barolo zones of La Morra and Serralunga are also strong efforts considering the vintage. “Historically in Piedmont there has been an inverse relationship between quality and quantity. Great vintages like 1961 and 1989 were characterized by low yields,” says Gaja. “2004 is one of those rare vintages like 1964 and 1990 where quality is high even though yields were generous as well. I think 2004 is a very elegant vintage. It is much easier to achieve opulence in the wines, but finesse is always much more elusive.” Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604 8900

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2007

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