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1998 Gaja Sperss

  • Nebbiolo
  • 750ML
  • WA95
  • ST95
  • WS93

Reviews

WA95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
One of the things I have learned over the years is that you can count on Angelo Gaja to make a strong showing in just about any tasting. Yes, I know, Sperss is not Barolo (a small percentage of Barbera is added), but at... One of the things I have learned over the years is that you can count on Angelo Gaja to make a strong showing in just about any tasting. Yes, I know, Sperss is not Barolo (a small percentage of Barbera is added), but at its core the wine captures the essence of Serralunga and is as representative of these hillside vineyards as any Barolo. Dark tar, smoke, leather, spices, menthol and black cherries all make an appearance in this muscular, full-throttle wine. While the vast majority of 1998 Barolos can be enjoyed today, the 1998 Sperss could use another few years in the cellar. It isn’t a crime to open a bottle today, but this is one of the few 1998s that still has upside potential. Simply put, the 1998 Sperss is a jewel. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023. - Antonio Galloni
ST95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
($225; these vines are 36 years old) Saturated deep ruby-red. Perfumed multidimensional aromas of plum currant tar smoke and camphor. Sweet on entry then superconcentrated and rich in the middle palate with great chewy... ($225; these vines are 36 years old) Saturated deep ruby-red. Perfumed multidimensional aromas of plum currant tar smoke and camphor. Sweet on entry then superconcentrated and rich in the middle palate with great chewy depth and compelling inner-mouth aromas. Like the San Lorenzo this resounds in the mouth and on the very long finish. The sappy sweetness carries through on the aftertaste ending with a suggestion of marzipan. 95(+?) points
WS93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Very silky and refined red, with berry, cedar and floral character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and cedar oak. Solid and tight still.--1998 Piedmont blind retrospective (2008). Best... Very silky and refined red, with berry, cedar and floral character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and cedar oak. Solid and tight still.--1998 Piedmont blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010. – JS

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