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A Rare GAJA Super Cuvée Barbaresco! A Taste of Sorì San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildin at the Estate Bottle Price. Just the Second Time in 30 Years. The Final Allocation of the Prized 2018 GAJA Barbaresco.

“In 2018 Gaja did not produce any Sorì. All the grapes of San Lorenzo and Tildin have been used for this Barbaresco instead… in my experience classic vintages such as this can give stunning results in the near term.”

Happy New Year! Certainly, the big news last year in the world of Italian wine was Barbaresco and the release from Angelo GAJA. No doubt all eyes are on the debut of a rare Super Cuvée GAJA Barbaresco that includes the prized fruit of Sorì San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildin – but at the price of the straight Barbaresco or as many refer to as the “Estate Barbaresco.” In fact, we can only think of one other vintage in 30 years where this unique blend has happened before. IWM pleased to share something special from the patriarch of Barbaresco - GAJA, one last time.

We have all come to know Angelo GAJA and his daughter, Gaia, for producing what are arguably the region’s pinnacle, age-worthy expressions of Nebbiolo with their two legendary single vineyards – Sorì San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildin (with an honorable mention to Costa Russi). They are simply monuments to Italian wine and in each vintage, collector’s scramble for the limited production crus that easily can command $450-599 a bottle. Well, in 2018 we have a long and classic growing season that harkens back to the ‘70s according to Angelo, and with that we also had the greatest threat to the Langhe Hills – HAIL. As a result, there will be no single vineyard releases of Sorì San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildin. As heartbreaking as that may be, there is a silver lining here. The best and remaining fruit of the vineyards are making a rare cameo appearance into the more traditional Cuvée Barbaresco – which is a blend of fourteen vineyards.

The results have attracted much press, making the 2018 among the highest-rated releases of the GAJA Barbaresco in more than thirty years. Regardless of the press, IWM believes this to be a SMART BUY recommendation, as there will be no Sorì cru bottlings – and the wine is available at half the price. It was highlight at our IWM Winemaker Tasting - An Evening with GAJA, and we can say firsthand, this is a more delicate and elegant expression that favors balance and approachability, as opposed to sheer concentration, power, and longevity that might come with vintages like 2013 and 2016. It is simply an ethereal expression with the Gaia touch not to miss.

It is a unique opportunity to experience a true Super Cuvée, from the icon of the Langhe Hills, at the Normale or “Estate Barbaresco” bottle price. It is the final 48 bottles, once they are gone, they are gone.

FEATURED WINE: GAJA Super Cuvée of Sorì San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildin



ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



2018 GAJA BARBARESCO
Jeb Dunnuck: “The hallmark of the Gaja estate, the Barbaresco is sourced from 14 vineyards within Barbaresco and Treiso. For the 2018 vintage, there will be no single cru bottlings for Barbaresco, and all of the fruit has gone into the estate bottling. The 2018 Barbaresco is pure and inviting, with perfumed notes of rose petal, ripe raspberry, and clove. Medium-bodied and approachable, with super fine-grained tannins, it offers fresh strawberry, orange pith, and dusty earth. The undeniable elegance of this 2018 is joyful now, though it will be great to revisit over the next 15 years. Drink 2022-2036.”

Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: The Gaja 2018 Barbaresco is a wine of grace and purpose, with an elegant bouquet and a more powerful palate presence. These recent releases from the venerated house of Gaja are some of the most transparent and honest expressions to be found anywhere in the Langa. Some of the flashiness we saw in the past is today replaced by subtle Nebbiolo nuances and finesse, with crushed flowers, coriander, wild berry, smoke, tar and candied orange peel. This shift in character runs parallel to the slow and careful management transition from an older generation to a younger one. This 2018 vintage comes alive in the mouth, thanks to its balanced acidity and the absolutely bright and pristine quality of fruit delivered with such care.”

This is an email ONLY offer! If you would like to take advantage of this offer that is only available until 11:59, Friday, January 7th, 2022, or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders subject to confirmation and IWM is not responsible for typographical errors on pricing.

All my best,
Chris


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