Gaja   Sori Tildin

2005 Sori Tildin

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2005 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja, Barbaresco, Italy

The 2005 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja is an exquisite embodiment of the fine wines from Italy. This vintage heralds from Gaja, a beacon of Italian winemaking, bringing form and authority to the complex canvas of Italy's robust terroirs. The year 2005 was marked by significant climatic events that have dramatically impacted the personality of this wine.


A Season of Contrast, A Vintage of Character

The year began in earnest with a cool spring, followed then by a hot summer, testing the vines' endurance and shaping the intriguing narrative of the 2005 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja. The thermic shock that the grapes underwent brought forth a spectrum of flavors intertwined in perfect harmony in this singular vintage.

The Nebbiolo grapes thrived under these conditions, yielding wines of profound concentration and depth, thus solidifying their position among top investment-worthy fine wines. Tasting the 2005 Sorì Tildìn is nothing short of an expedition through time, allowing one to explore the manifold aromas and flavors brought to life through adaptable viniculture.


A Tapestry of Texture and Taste

The vintage opens on rich notes of dark cherries and fragrant flowers wrapped around a structured core. This leads beautifully into a mid-palate laden with mineral-tinged complexities, full-bodied character and an alluring hint of spice augmenting its intrinsic elegance. Gaja’s unrelenting pursuit of excellence is reflected in every sip - it is audaciously bold and resonant with nuances.

The finish is monumental, harmoniously enveloping your senses with its well-integrated tannins. Truly a resplendent example of the winemaker's craftmanship and the land's potentiality, the 2005 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja is a wine worthy of your utmost attention and careful investment.

Embodying the promise of fine wines from Italy, the 2005 Sorì Tildìn stands as a testament to the rich and dynamic viticulture traditions honed through centuries in this celebrated Barbaresco terroir. An unmissable opportunity for discerning investors to partake in a timeless piece of Italian viticulture history.

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The 2005 Sori Tildin appears to be incredibly primary and youthful. Floral aromatics meld seamlessly into freshly cut roses, raspberries, licorice, tar and menthol. This graceful, feminine wine reveals tons of elegance and finesse in an understated style. Today the Sori Tildin shows a touch more oak than the other single-vineyard wines, which suggests it may not quite have the stuffing of the very finest vintages. Still, this remains a vibrant and very Piedmontese wine in need of only one thing, and that is a long slumber in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035. 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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