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The Gaja Collection, 85 Wines from 1962 to 2016
June 14, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Angelo Gaja may be a rebel, but he loves Piemonte--its lands, its traditions, and its grapes. As much as Gaja has been willing to shake up winemaking, he was never going to make changes that would obscure his grapes' natural beauty. So when other winemakers were adding yeasts, he didn't. When others stopped using super-large and well-aged botti, he didn't. When others scraped off the muffa bella--the beautiful mold that grows on the walls of old wine cellars--Gaja didn't. These things made his wines what they were, and what they were first and foremost were wines from Piemonte. Gaja's choice to grow international grapes, his choice to use barrique, his choice to add small amounts of Barbera to his Nebbiolo in his Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings may have been untraditional, but they never masked what came first: his Piemonte roots.

But Gaja, being the iconoclast he is, never rested, and he never made it easy to define his winemaking by any one term. He raised his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni to believe in their own vision--and to honor Piemonte. The changing of the Gaja guard led to a 2013 change at Angelo's estate: the Gaja team dropped the Barbera component of its three cru "Barbaresco" bottlings and its two "Barolo" wines, making them conform to DOCG rules again, for the first time in decades. But as momentous as that change was, it really highlights the commitment that Angelo--and his winemaker daughter Gaia--has for Piemonte traditions. The wine, the land, the grapes, and the passion for all of it has always come first, has always guided the Gaja family, and has always run like blood through their veins.

Today, I'm very proud to present 85 wines from Gaja, stretching from 1962, when Angelo was a very young winemaker, to 2016, the most recent vintage to come from daughter Gaia, who with her siblings are poised to assume control of the estate. You'll find the Barbarescos that Gaja made famous, his world-class Piemonte whites, his two spins on Barolo, his Super-Piemontese blend, and even his Brunello triumphs. No matter what you love in a wine, Gaja has something to meet your taste, and this offer has at least one bottle you will fiercely love. Gaja makes bold, beautiful wines, and this offer does him, his wines, and their power justice. You won't often find this many bottles of Gaja all in one place--don't miss this special collection!

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Celebrating Gaja with 85 Wines!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

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Gaja Sito Moresco 2015 750ml
Gaja Sito Moresco 2015 750ml
Price: $59.00

Gaja’s addition to the “Super-Piemontese” genre, Sito Moresco combines sweet fruit, delicate herbaceous notes, chewy tannins and a full body to offer an affordable, precise and deliciously unique red wine experience. This blend of almost equal parts Nebbiolo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon derives from several of Gaja’s vineyards as well as the estate’s “Sito Moresco” site located in Barbaresco. Each grape varietal ferments separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about two weeks; after blending, the wine ages for 18 months in barrique, followed by at least six months in bottle before release. more info
Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2013 750ml
Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2013 750ml
Price: $89.00

Balanced, smooth, deceptively powerful and nuanced, Gaja’s Dagromis Barolo allows Barolo lovers to enjoy Gaja’s artistry at a relatively affordable price point. Named after the vineyard’s original owners, the Nebbiolo for this wine derives from the Dagromis site in La Morra and Gaja’s site in Serralunga, both with clayey-marl soils. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for one year in barrique, followed by one year in botti. more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Price: $89.00

Savory herbs, forest floor, peppery spices, and licorice frame the sweet, brambly red and blue fruits in the 2013 bottling of Gaja’s entry-level Brunello. Sappy yet energetic, this wine embraces its tensions, and sweet fruits find their complements in savory herbs, bright acidity its match in silky tannins, and a floral inner perfume is complemented by a sturdy mineral core. This wine packs a punch for its price point! Originally, Gaja’s Pieve Santa Restituta, part of which abuts the historic vineyards of Gianfranco Soldera, had two major holdings, Rennina’s grouping of vineyards and Sugarille, but the estate added 25 very breezy acres in Brunello’s northeast subzone in 2005. Deriving from sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri, the grapes for this wine ferment for a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year each in barriques and in botti. more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille 2007 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille 2007 750ml
Price: $159.00

A powerful, brooding embodiment of its benchmark vintage, this ’07 Brunello Sugarille bursts with succulent red and black fruits, smoky earth, licorice, exotic spices, and warm saddle leather. This wine balances its sheer power with its purity, rolling across the palate to a lingering, textured finish that’s studded with chewy tannins and redolent of smoky minerals. Enjoyable now with more than a decade of perfect maturity, this ripe vintage Brunello is drinking wonderfully, but its underlying structure and fine balance means it’ll drink for years, even decades, to come! This cru Brunello comes from the historic 12-acre Sugarille vineyard site that dates back to 1541 and the hands of Italy's most recognized and controversial winemaker, Angelo Gaja. Deriving from the southwestern-facing Sugarille site rich in white clay, the grapes for this cru wine ferment for a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year each in barriques and in botti. more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2013 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2013 750ml
Price: $199.00

Brambly blue and tart red fruits dance against a backdrop of truffles, pressed herbs, violet petals, warm spices and crushed river rocks in the seductive, sinuous ’13 Brunello Rennina. Lush and evocative, this wine unfurls on the palate to reveal a range of textures and an array of notes, underpinned by flinty minerality and touched with a kiss of orange zest. Lingering and almost fleshy, this wine has the structure to age. The Brunello Rennina, sourced from three discrete vineyard sites that date back to the 1500s, has the happy coincidence of having rich lime soils, making for grapes that tame the tannins, acidity and fierceness of the Sangiovese Grosso. Deriving from vineyards in Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri, the grapes for this wine ferment for a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year each in barriques and in botti. more info
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Price: $219.00

This is a wine to buy by the case. 2013 is shaping up to be an epic year in Barbaresco, and this Gaja bottling shows remarkable finesse, depth and polish. Sophisticated and silky, this ’13 Barbaresco frames its pure red and blue fruits with crushed violets, fresh-cut herbs, licorice, sun-warmed earth, and a kiss of kirsch. Wrapping the palate with an energetic yet velvety grip, this wine builds to a crescendo of chewy tannins that are complemented by a sweet inner perfume--it’s outstanding. This traditional cuvée Barbaresco honors Gaja’s winemaking heritage in its blending across fourteen separate vineyards. Gaja ferments each vineyard lot separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about three weeks, and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrique; after fermentation, the separate wines mature for a year in barrique; Gaja makes its final blend, and the wine ages in botti for another year before bottling. more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille 2013 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille 2013 750ml
Price: $219.00

The ’13 Brunello Sugarille evokes its standout year in its exquisite balance, racy profile, and luscious aromatics. Beautifully crisp red and blue fruits mingle with balsamic herbs, crushed stones, pressed violet petals, licorice and a dusting of peppery spices in this standout wine; fine-grained tannins stud the cheeks, while a nicely acidic core propels the wine to a complex, lingering finish. Muscular yet graceful, this Brunello moves like a dancer, showing surprising power and astonishing delicacy--it’s got the kind of structure to drink for decades. This cru Brunello comes from the historic 12-acre Sugarille vineyard site that dates back to 1541 and the hands of Italy's most recognized and controversial winemaker, Angelo Gaja. Deriving from the southwestern-facing Sugarille site rich in white clay, the grapes for this cru wine ferment for a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year each in barriques and in botti. more info
Gaja Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Gaja Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Price: $239.00

Ruby red and aromatic, Gaja’s ’14 Barbaresco frames its juicy red and blue fruits with notes of violet petals, tarry earth, licorice, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and a touch of crushed river rocks. This wine shows firm tannins that cling to the cheeks, almost electric acidity, and copious dry extract, all matched by a sweet inner perfume. You’ll want to drink this round, perfumed wine upon release, but its fine structure suggests that your patience will reward you with an ethereal, delicate and deceptively powerful Barbaresco. A cuvée of fourteen separate vineyards, Gaja ferments each vineyard lot separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about three weeks, and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrique; after fermentation, the separate wines mature for a year in barrique; Gaja makes its final blend, and the wine ages in botti for another year before bottling. more info
Gaja Darmagi 2013 750ml
Gaja Darmagi 2013 750ml
Price: $269.00

An elegant blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this wine belies its name Darmagi, which means "what a pity" in the Piemontese dialect. After fermenting in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about two weeks, this wine ages for 6-8 months in barrique, followed by a year in oak casks. Concentrated on the nose and palate, with expansive and complex layers, this beautiful wine marries the distinct Piemonte terrior with the engaging personalities of its international grapes. more info
Gaja 2013 Barolo Conteisa 750ml
Gaja 2013 Barolo Conteisa 750ml
Price: $289.00

Once called a Langhe DOC owing to its Barbera component, Conteisa is, as of the 2013 vintage, a DOCG Barolo--and it’s an intense, chewy and highly satisfying return to conventional Barolo. Succulent red fruits dance with violet petals, citrus zest, baking spices, warm loam and a touch of underbrush in this supple, sensual wine. 2013 saw a temperate, long growing season in Piemonte, and this ’13 Barolo Conteisa reflects its vintage in its balanced concentration, but as enticing as it is, a few years in the cellar will make it even better. Conteisa gets its name from the medieval Italian word "conteisa," or quarrel, between the zones of La Morra and Barolo over the prime vineyard land of Cerequio. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for three weeks; then the wine ages in both barrique and botti before bottling. more info