The 2001 Barbaresco is gorgeous. Sweet balsamic notes open on the bouquet, followed intense, silky layers of fruit. The 2001 is subtle, classy and elegant from start to finish. Hints of early maturity appear in the aromatics, but the wine has more than enough fruit to support at least another decade of fine drinking. Tobacco, sweet herbs and licorice add the final notes of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)
Good deep red. Complex, ineffable nose combines red fruits, marzipan, tobacco and minerals. Pure, firm and sharply delineated; boasts superb richness of flavor without any undue weight. The wine's solid acid spine contributes to its impression of structure. Finishes gripping and very long. (ST)
*** Collectibles *** Gorgeous aromas of blackberries and ripe strawberries follow through to a full-bodied palate with fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish. Very round and ripe tannins. Lovely wine. Best after 2008. (JS)
Gaja’s Barbaresco is a blend of 14 different vineyard sites, aged approximately 12 months in barriques and 12 months in larger oak casks. Shows plenty of spice on the nose—clove, cinnamon, anise—but also loads of cherry and red plum fruit. Sneakily tannic; it starts off silky, then the tannins build in intensity, coating the mouth. Drink 2010–2025.
Poured from double magnum. Deep ruby. A little locked on the nose with hints of oak. Savoury cherry fruit and very fine tannins on the palate. Lots of concentration and yet undeniably elegant. 17.5/20 Points (WS)
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