1997 Gaja Barolo Conteisa

- 750 ml
98
RP
Availability: Out of Stock
$325.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
20243-750-XX1

Wine Critic Reviews:

The 1997 Conteisa offers classic aromas of licorice, melted tar, black cherries, wet stones, and tobacco. It is a full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine of remarkable density and thickness. The tannin is high, but sweet. This brawny offering cuts an immense swath across the palate, but there are no hard edges and all the component parts are pure as well as well-integrated. There are 15,000 bottles of this spectacular wine. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030.

Robert Parker | 98 RP
Very dark ruby red. Intense and fresh aromas of blackberry, tar and lilac. Full-bodied, with big chewy tannins and masses of fruit that turn to porcini, forest floor and light coffee. Still needs time . A complete wine. Even better than I remember.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2012. 1,300 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 97 WS
Good full ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, currant, espresso, bitter chocolate and mint. Very intensely flavored and firmly built; not as dense as the Sori Tildin or San Lorenzo but sweet, vibrant and sharply delineated. Quite penetrating and solidly structured. Finishes very long, with rich but firm tannins.

Vinous Media | 92-94 VM

Sokolin 1997 Gaja Barolo Conteisa Tasting Notes:

Diving into a glass of the 1997 Gaja Barbaresco feels like diving into a wonderful dream that you don't want to wake up from. Rarely will you find such an enchanting wine, made of high-quality grapes, in vineyards well taken care of, with a history that goes back for generations and centuries. History and tradition may be evidence of you having a real quality bottle of wine in your hands. Winemakers don't take legacy for granted, and each generation tries to outdo the previous one.

This particular year was a huge success for the Gaja family and this bottle is extremely valuable. It's characterized by powerful tannins and great longevity, so its maturity period should last until 2030, to say the least. The prolonged, juicy finish and lovely ripe fruit and chocolate on the palate will charm you if the licorice, cherry, and blackberry bouquet wasn't enchanting enough for you.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1997
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Gaja: Gaja's winery provides magnificent Barbaresco wine with amazing consistency, and the wines evolve with age like a caterpillar turning into a gorgeous butterfly. Their wines are often chewy, fleshy, visceral in a way very few other wineries can boast. The flavors are concentrated, and the wine seems to almost pulsate with pure life force in the glass. Expect to encounter jammy dark fruits, delicious grilled vegetables, and other aromas that make it seem like you're eating a full-course meal prepared by one of the world's finest chefs. It's a complete package in every way imaginable, and a wine that will remain in your memories for decades to come. If you're at a social event, don't expect a bottle of Gaja to still contain wine after about ten minutes!
Rating 98 RP
Region Piedmont: Italian culture values the unbreakable bond we share with family and very few things showcase that connection quite like a shared meal. Therefore, it's only natural that wine would also take its place as an important cultural aspect. Fine Italian produce always goes well with a variety of dishes, and that makes these wines an incredibly popular choice among wine enthusiasts who appreciate a good get-together. The foothills of the Alps help define this region's significantly colder, continental winter climate, but during the summer, the conditions are similar to the region of Burgundy. Flavor-wise, this region has a mind-boggling variety to offer. Not only is there a healthy selection of approved grapes to work with, but the soil often varies from estate to estate, letting every wine stand out. Expect to encounter powerful notes of rose petal flavor, spices, cherries, dried herbs, anise, and many more. Every bottle has a story to tell. Those of you with a tendency to hoard and collect fine wines will be especially intrigued, as Piedmont wines tend to mature extremely well, developing nuance and becoming more and more delicious as time goes on.
Type of Wine Barolo: Barolo have cemented their spot as one of Italy's most famous and desirable achievements, decorating the cellars of every serious wine collector. While the grape they're made from is rather dark and dusty-looking, the elixir that comes from this varietal is an almost crystal clear, light red, like a pair of seductive lips glistening in the candlelight.
OWC No
Varietal Nebbiolo
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