Gaja   Sori Tildin

2009 Sori Tildin

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2009 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja, Barbaresco, Italy

Wine enthusiasts had great expectations from the 2009 vintage, and the 2009 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja did not merely meet these anticipations but surpassed them. Gaja's wines, renowned for expressing an enticing array of complexity and finesse, has once again bestowed the fine Italian wine landscape with a superb Barbaresco crafted from its prime Sorì Tildìn vineyard.


A vintage to remember

This climatically challenging year resulted in a wine of tremendous character, increasingly sought by discerning investors. The growing season of 2009 swung between considerable heat spikes and cooling moments, thereby nurturing grapes with enriched taste profiles. This seesaw of weather played its part in producing a wine accentuated by tantalising intensity and elegance.

The 2009 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja is noted for its open-knit personality which unveils itself gradually in the glass. Ensconsed in layers of dark cherries, plums, spices, and menthol are little hints of French oak that lend an undeniable allure to this stunning offering.


An investment in excellence

As anticipated, this unique climate growing season maximised the inherent expression of the Nebbiolo grape—a key player in the Italian viticultural theatre—providing it with its renowned structure and depth.

The grandeur and nuance of the 2009 Sorì Tildìn blend seamlessly with its potential for long-term cellaring—making it an ideal choice for investors wishing to invest in timeless Italian wines.

In conclusion, the 2009 Sorì Tildìn from Gaja proves itself not just as one of the top-notch wines from a famed family-established winery from Italy, but also as a unique snapshot of a vintage year encapsulated in liquid form. This presents both connoisseurs and investment-minded enthusiasts with an opportunity to bag not just a great wine, but also a piece of Italian viticulture history.

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The 2009 Sori Tildin is a fascinating wine. The vineyard sits just above Costa Russi, separated only by the road that leads to Alba. This is an especially imposing vintage for Sori Tildin. Over time, the wine’s signature nuances and details begin to emerge. A radiant, sensual personality rounds things out nicely. This is a great showing from Gaja. The 2009 shuts down quickly in the glass, and is likely to demand a measure of patience from readers. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. Angelo Gaja doesn’t say too much about his wines these days. He doesn’t need to. The wines more than speak for themselves. What impresses me most about the 2009s is the elegance of their tannin. This is a vintage where managing the crop load was critical in achieving balance. Gaja is one of the very few growers who got it right. His wines stand out for their textural finesse and sense of harmony. Although Gaja is easily the most glamorous winery in Piedmont, it remains a family affair, with Angelo Gaja’s wife Lucia, and their daughters Gaia and Rossana increasingly involved, and their younger brother Giovanni set to follow in their footsteps. Long-time winemaker Guido Rivella keeps a much lower profile, but he is the man who has produced all of Gaja’s most legendary wines going back to 1970. Angelo Gaja describes 2009 as a year with a lot of rain until June. The bunches on average were loose and the berries small, which resulted in high skin-to-juice ratios, which is quite favorable for ageworthy wines. Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604 8900

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2012

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