Gaja   Sperss

2004 Sperss

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2004 Sperss from Gaja, Piedmont, Italy

The heralded 2004 Sperss from Gaja confidently embodies the unique character of this exceptional vintage. Angelo Gaja’s finesse in tending to the Nebbiolo vines in his Serralunga vineyards ensures a grand performance every year. Yet, it was the sterling weather conditions of that 2004 summer, coupled with a drier, cooler autumn that elevated the climactic state of these grapes akin to a musical maestro conducting a wine symphony.


An investment in Italian elegance

Anyone familiar with Gaja’s portfolio of fine wines from Italy would be well acquainted with Sperss and its reputation for ageing gracefully while increasing in complexity. The love affair of many fine wine investors with the 2004 Sperss is well-founded - this consummate marriage of climate and terroir pushes the boundaries of what we expect from this illustrious producer.

This vintage exudes an authoritative and tantalising array of flavours; the unfolding drama of dark cherry and blackberry notes mesmerise your palate while hints of tobacco and spices add depth, leaving you to revel in a long and harmonious finish.


A testament to Piedmont's prowess

The magic of the 2004 Piedmont season generously shares the limelight with meticulous vineyard management and winemaking integrity. While Piedmont is internationally acknowledged for its ability to produce compellingly rich, full-bodied wines, it’s vintages like the 2004 Sperss which truly underscore this reputation.

The deftness with which Nebbiolo grapes translate the soil’s narrative into a sensorial poetry is never more evident than it is here. Audaciously complex yet charmingly balanced, the 2004 Sperss stands proudly as a testament to Gaja's ingenuity, undoubtedly securing it a star spot in a savvy investor’s portfolio.

Experiencing the 2004 Sperss is akin to attending a virtuoso concert, where every instrument (read, vine) plays its part in perfect harmony. It is, indeed, one of Piedmont's majestic symphonies for the senses, making it an invaluable addition to any discerning fine wine investment collection.

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Gaja’s 2004 Langhe Sperss is an infant. Still incredibly primary, it exudes the essence of Serralunga black fruits, smoke and tar. The new oak is still very evident here and the wine seems to be at an awkward phase of its development. Still, it offers stunning concentration as well as length, with soft, caressing tannins that frame the fruit all the way to the long finish. This wine is in need of serious bottle age and may very well merit a higher score once it emerges from its temporary period of dormancy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604 8900

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 27 December 2007

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