96 points and a Cellar Selection designation from the Wine Spectator: "Defines elegance with richness, a supple wine that offers cascades of cherry, currant, plum and vanilla flavors, sneaking in wonderful notes of anise, toast and spice, all of it so well integrated and harmonious that it's difficult to pick out the various pieces. Glorius stuff. Best after 1997. 900 cases made." (10/93) 90 points Robert Parker: "Gaja's three single vineyard Barbarescos include the 1989 Costa Russi, the most monolithic and "new world-like" wine of the trio. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by scents of new oak. There is less of a Nebbiolo character than I would like to see. One has to admire the wine's terrific concentration and overall sense of balance, but I found it interesting that in several tastings, lovers of Nebbiolo (including me) thought it to be the least impressive of these Barbarescos. Those who tend to like a more international style preferred it. Nevertheless, it is a superb wine for drinking between 1997-2009." (04/94)
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