Very dark Ruby in colour. Classic Bordeaux nose in this case right bank being 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aromatic notes of Cassis muted plum and a tobacco note - nicely perfumed carrying on to the medium bodied palate. Very refined with good length. Angelo Gaja is a superstar of Italian winemaking having established his reputation in Piemonte, particularly Barbaresco, now has a base in Tuscany and, with this wine, coastal Tuscany as in Bolgheri - Italy’s answer to Bordeaux. One of the 1001 Wines. — 20 hours ago
Mazf aspen casa tua 7/17 — 23 days ago
2001. I opened this because I thought the Cavalotto was flawed and I wanted a nice wine on Father’s Day. Turns out the Cavalotto was fine so I had a decadent day. This wine is 10 years from being ready. Noticeable wood influence, strong black fruits, over the top compared to the old Cavalotto. — 12 days ago
Gaja on a Tuesday night...why not. Not quite as good as the last bottle we had, the heat and ripeness and oak all comes through just a bit more. But the nose alone is incredible - so much deep dark ripe red fruit. Excellent mouthfeel and mid palate fruit, it’s just the finish that isn’t quite all there (other than the acid). The tannins are notably chewy and drying. — a month ago
I remembered that I drank the year 2009 of this wine about four years ago. I brought a bottle from Greve in Chianti (from my favorite Enoteca Falorni). My rating then was 9 (on Delectable). I didn't write any note so I don't remember what was so special about it.
But this one has a fantastic balance. It makes this wine so powerful and overwhelming. I adore connection between a vanilla, a chocolate and a pepper. I read some opinions below - none mentioned the pepper, so maybe I'm wrong, but I don't care. — 7 days ago