75cl * 14% ABV * Piedmont, Italy
Angelo Gaja is largely responsible for the renaissance in Piedmontese viticulture and his wines have become highly sought after the world over, no less his Barbaresco. After being aged for two years in large oak barrels, the wine spends a further year in bottle before release. Showing evocative aromas of cedar, wild raspberries, menthol and baking spice - echoed on the palate - the palate is soft and velvety, with a well-structured framing tannins. Pure and expressive, this is the best of Nebbiolo and arguably the producer's greatest attempt. Fewer than 3,500 cases were made, which suggests that this heralded vintage will be a wine in high demand in years to come. Decant for an hour or two before serving (alongside game dishes or aged cheeses) or cellar for up to 20 years.