We are delighted to be able to offer the newest release from Gaja, their stunning and unique Barbaresco 2012. This release is even more exciting than the superb 2011. It is a particularly special offering this year for two reasons. The first is that due to the favourable FX rate, the release price is down 13%, £65 per case less than 2011. This makes the 2012 the lowest price vintage of Gaja Barbaresco on the market.
The second compelling reason is that Angelo Gaja has decided not to release any single vineyard Barbaresco in 2012. Instead he has included fruit from his leading single vineyards, the magnificent Sori San Lorenzo, Sori Tildin and Costa Russi. The result of this is a super cuvee blend of his Barbaresco, which has been created from his very best fruit. The inclusion of the best fruit from the single vineyards means the 2012 Barbaresco provides the power, complexity and majesty of his single vineyards, in one blend, at half the price and at an attractive discount to older vintages.
Gaja Barbaresco is 100% Nebbiolo sourced from 14 different Barbaresco vineyards, at an altitude between 250 and 330 metres above sea level and covering 21.4 hectares. The grapes from each vineyard undergo separate fermentation and maceration, then spend 12 months ageing in barrique, followed by 12 months in large oak casks.
Angelo Gaja’s wines are highly sought after the world over. Gaja is one of the most recognisable fine wine brands and considered the acme of Barbaresco. In fact Angelo Gaja introduced several practices to Piedmont, starting in 1961 by experimenting with green harvesting and single vineyard production, which began with Sori San Lorenzo in 1967, Sori Tildin in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978. He introduced malolatic fermentation to Piedmont and from 1975-1976 started using French barriques, although by modernist standards he is still reserved in their use.
In 2012 Gaja’s Barbaresco is the progeny of their best grapes from their best vineyards, a rarity unlikely to be repeated for many years. This combined with the reduced release price makes this a unique opportunity.
Gaja Barbaresco 2012, 6×75 - £430 IB or £530.76 incl duty and VAT
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