2006 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.
Offers plum and prune on the nose and palate, with hints of cappuccino. Full-bodied, with velvety, chewy tannins and a long finish. Best after 2011. 4,000 cases made.
Tasted at the infancy of what will undoubtedly be a long and generous lifespan, Gaja's 2006 Barbaresco shows enormous promise and potential. The wine is elegant, rigidly linear and pristine, with well-defined notes of ripe berry fruit and soft spice. It's an amazing achievement that tastes compact and opulent at the same time. Drink after 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Barbaresco reveals terrific concentration, depth and purity. This is a remarkably soft, harmonious Barbaresco from Angelo Gaja with pretty notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and spices. The wine turns more powerful in the glass, as it gains additional richness, volume and depth, all of which carry through to the polished finish. The wine’s balance is impeccable, and this is easily is one the more harmonious, complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.