The Tel Aviv and Nes Tziona branches of the Derekh HaYain (Wine Route) chain of wine shops will be hosting tastings of six of the Piedmont and Tuscan wines of Angelo Gaja. For details see the thread at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17929
My tasting notes for the wines to be tasted follow.
Gaja, Rossj Bass, Langhe, Piedmont, 2006: Golden straw in color, medium-bodied, with fine balance between alcohol, acids and fruit, this Chardonnay (with a dash of Sauvignon Blanc added) was oak-aged for about 6 months. On the nose and palate an appealing array of citrus, pineapple and apple fruits, those with light overlays of toasted sourdough bread and finishing with what might be taken as a hint of light Barbados rum. Long and generous. Drink now-2009. Score 88. (Re-tasted 29 May 2007)
Gaja, Promis, Ca Marcanda, Promis, Bolgheri, Tuscany, 2005: Medium- to full-bodied, garnet towards royal purple in color, a lightly oaked, gently tannic and well-balanced blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Sangiovese. On the nose and palate raspberries, cherries and red plums along with tantalizing hints of white pepper and smoky oak, all leading to a long near-sweet finish. A superb match to lamb-based lasagna al forno. Drink now-2010. Score 89. (Re-tasted 29 May 2007)
Gaja, Sito Moresco, Langhe, Piedmont, 2005: Dark ruby towards garnet, medium- to full-bodied, with finely tuned balance between spicy oak, soft tannins, acidity and fruits, a blend of Merlot, Nebbiolo andCabernet Sauvignon, each fermented separately and then blended for oak aging for 18 months. On first attack, wild red and black berries and currants, those yielding to show tempting hints of Oriental spices, all leading to a long fruity finish. Drinking very nicely now but can cellar comfortably until 2011. Score 90. (Tasted 29 May 2007)
Gaja, Ca'Marcanda, Magari, Tuscany, 2003: A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc but a wine with Angelo Gaja's distinct Tuscan personality. Almost inky garnet in color, full-bodied, with fine balance between soft, near-sweet tannins, spicy wood and fruits. On first attack black cherries, currants and spring flowers, those parting to reveal notes of mint and espresso. On the long finish generous hints of sweet cedar wood. Long, round and mouthfilling. Drink now-2012. Score 92. (Re-tasted 29 May 2007)
Gaja, Barolo, Dagromis, Piedmont, 2003: Made entirely from Nebbiolo grapes, aged for 12 months in barriques and then for an additional 12 months in large oak casks. Dark garnet in color, with mouth-coating near-sweet tannins integrating nicely and well on its way to demonstrating elegance. On the nose and palate red and black berries and cassis fruits, those supported nicely by notes of licorice, tobacco and bitter-sweet chocolate and, rising on the long finish appealing notes of Mediterranean herbs. Approachable and enjoyable now but best 2009-2015. Score 93. (Tasted twice with consistent notes 29 May and 16 Jun 2007)
Gaja, Barbaresco, Piedmont, 2004: Dark garnet with violet and orange reflections, a full-bodied Barbarescoshowing fine balance between wood, gently mouth-coating tannins and fruits. On opening attack generous red fruits and black truffles, those followed by notes of minerals and vanilla. Coming in on the finish appealing notes of earthy minerals. Approachable now but best starting only in 2010 when it will show a fascinating combination of earthiness and elegance. The wine will cellar well until 2020, perhaps longer. Score 94. (Tasted 16 Jun 2007)