gaja, barbaresco 2004
VINOUS
95
WINE SPECTATOR
95

2004 gaja, barbaresco

Why We're Buying

Gaja Barbaresco is among the most popular Piedmont wines and a true testament to the Gaja family's historic commitment to the appellation. Produced from nebbiolo and merlot grown in 14 vineyards, this modern classic retails around $200 per bottle. The price continues to rise year over year, crossing the $200 threshold in 2019.

Critics Scores

VINOUS
95

Vinous

The 2004 Barbaresco is at the beginning of what promises to be a long drinking window. Hints of cedar, cinnamon, earthiness and wild flowers open up in the glass with a sense of effortless grace. Brambly notes add a dimension of earthiness. There is so much to like here, first and foremost the wine's exceptional overall balance. What a beautiful wine this is. Today, the 2004 is a real stunner.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

There's an excellent balance of fruit and tannins, with vanilla, flowers and berries throughout, along with tar. Full and racy, with a long finish. It's all here. (JS)

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Tasted at Roberson’s Gaja vertical. Slightly deeper in colour than the 2006. There is certainly more penetration on the nose compared to the 2006, not as sensual, a little edgier. Dark cherries and plum, a hint of violets and a touch of seaweed. Very fine delineation. The palate is full-bodied and tannic. There is still some hardness here, a little brutish with a bolshie, slightly alcoholic finish. I think that the 2006 has better balanced and breeding. Drink 2012-2020. (NM)