The 2004 Barbaresco is at the beginning of what promises to be a long drinking window. Hints of cedar, cinnamon, earthiness and wild flowers open up in the glass with a sense of effortless grace. Brambly notes add a dimension of earthiness. There is so much to like here, first and foremost the wine's exceptional overall balance. What a beautiful wine this is. Today, the 2004 is a real stunner. (AG)
There's an excellent balance of fruit and tannins, with vanilla, flowers and berries throughout, along with tar. Full and racy, with a long finish. It's all here. Best after 2010. (JS)
Good medium-deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, truffle, flowers and earth, with a whiff of Burgundian funk. Silky and elegant, with a seamless texutre to its red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes long and suave, with fine-grained tannins. Lovely Barbaresco.
Tasted at Roberson’s Gaja vertical. Slightly deeper in colour than the 2006. There is certainly more penetration on the nose compared to the 2006, not as sensual, a little edgier. Dark cherries and plum, a hint of violets and a touch of seaweed. Very fine delineation. The palate is full-bodied and tannic. There is still some hardness here, a little brutish with a bolshie, slightly alcoholic finish. I think that the 2006 has better balanced and breeding. Drink 2012-2020. (NM)
Very similar colour to the 06, maybe a little darker, more garnet. Smells more youthful just as it looks more youthful. Smoky sweet red cherry. Fragrant and delicately spiced, but less expressive than the 06. Touch of spicy oak and oak sweetness. Amazing to have so much depth and richness and velvet but within a more direct and structured and yet really dense and powerul wine. Definitely more held back than the 06 at the moment though there is that fine sweetness underneath. More of a powerhouse than the 06 and the oak seems to show more. (JH) 18.5/20 points.
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