gaja, barbaresco 2017
WINE ENTHUSIAST
95
JAMES SUCKLING
97

2017 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

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Fragrant and refined, this opens with heady scents of wild berry, rose petal, camphor and underbrush. Elegantly structured, the polished palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, blood orange and star anise framed in taut, fine-grained tannins.

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

Glorious aromas of flowers, crushed berries, strawberries and dried herbs. Some tea. Full-bodied and layered with a wonderfully curated, polished tannin structure and backbone. Give it three or four years to soften.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Gaja 2017 Barbaresco is nuanced and delicate with ever-expanding aromatic intensity that amply fills the balloon of your glass. The wine takes a little while to open fully, and it slowly releases forest berry, powdered licorice, toasted aniseed, spearmint, dried lavender and rosemary essence to build a lasting bouquet. The mouthfeel is streamlined and almost steely, with an extremely linear approach that adds to its length and persistency. The tannins are tucked into the wine's delicate fiber, but you do feel the extra textural firmness of the hot vintage nonetheless. As we have seen in past vintages, more definition is added by a pretty mineral note that is a common thread in these wines from Gaja.