Floral aromatics give way to bright spiced red fruits, menthol and licorice as the 2005 Barbaresco opens in the glass. This is a firm, classically built wine of notable elegance. The tannins are substantial yet beautifully woven into the wine’s mid-weight frame. This is another beautiful Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja, but it will require patience as it is tightly wound today. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. (AG)
The 2005 Barbaresco is superb. Virile and a bit imposing, as so many wines are in this vintage, the Barbaresco hits the palate with notable depth as well as power. Game, sage, smoke, wild herbs and a host of savory notes build to the huge, explosive finish. Gaja's Barbaresco is sometimes overshadowed by the single vineyard wines. Not in 2005. This is a great showing. (AG)
You pay, dearly, for quality, but rest assured you get it with Gaja. What sets this Barbaresco apart is the quality of its mouthfeel, which is lush, soft and penetrating without being one-dimensional or too obvious. The wine offers intrigue and complexity with seamless integration of fruit, mineral and toast.
Subtle aromas of rose and blackberry follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy. Unfolds on the palate. Layered and beautiful. Refined yet structured. Best after 2013. (JS)
Bright red. Musky red fruits on the nose. Broad, supple and sweet, with an attractive floral quality that gives it considerable early appeal. In spite of its obvious juicy acidity, this is surprisingly open-knit. Finishes with very good length. (ST)
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