August 4, 2016
A Note from Sergio
Angelo Gaja is a restless man. He joined the family winery in 1961, and shortly thereafter, he took Piemonte by storm. He made cru Barbarescos, aging them in barrique--and then he added a touch of Barbera to these wines because he felt like it. He ripped up Nebbiolo vineyards to plant Cabernet Sauvignon. He made Piemonte Chardonnay a hot item. In short, Angelo did what he wanted to make wines that fit his vision, and he marketed these wines aggressively, changing everything that people thought they knew about the close-mouthed, reserved, conservative Piemonte region. In a tradition-laden place where time moves slowly, Gaja roared into the future with the pedal-to-the-metal speed he uses to drive his car.
Clearly, the man knows what he's doing. Angelo Gaja is a producer who can deliver inspiring wines in even the most difficult years, but when the vintage is great, his work is nothing short of monumental. Gaja's wines are coveted by the world's wine cognoscenti--both for drinking and for investment--and this is a fact that remains true vintage after vintage. As Angelo moves ever closer to turning over his estate to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, it's clear that he has taught him well. They have learned from him not only how to grow vines, make wine, and market it--the've also inherited their father's spirit for change--and his drive to make wines that adhere to their vision.
Today, I'm very pleased to present the new 2013 releases of Gaja's Barbaresco trio, Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi. For the first time in almost twenty years, these wines can bear the label "Barbaresco" because they are pure Nebbiolo. Gaja's kids dropped the wines' Barbera component in 2013, a Piemonte vintage that's going to go down in legend for its extraordinary weather and exceptional grapes. This set of new Gaja cru Barbaresco releases sees the return to mono-varietal Nebbiolo Barbarescos, something that we haven't seen since the mid-1990s. The '13 Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi are extraordinary wines, and they show the full beauty of what happens when parents raise their children to be independent, curious and self-reliant.
Along with these new Gaja releases, you'll find a pair of ten-year-old Gaja crus in large format--and special sale pricing on select rosé wines, because summer needs to be celebrated!
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Will Gaja's 2013 Barbaresco Trio Make History?
2. Only At IWM:
2006 Costa Russi and Sorì San Lorenzo in Magnum
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Summertime Rosé Wine Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September Wine Tasting Events