Gaja Barbaresco is garnet in color with complex aromas of forest fruits, plums,
licorice, mineral, and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like
tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
94 pts. Wine Enthusiast
- "In 2012, Gaja didnâ€™t bottle his single-vineyard crus because they
didnâ€™t reach his high quality standards, and many of the grapes from these
celebrated vineyards finished in this elegant, firmly structured wine. It opens
with enticing aromas of perfumed berry, pressed violet and sweet baking spice.
On the palate, a backbone of tightly woven but refined tannins support black
cherry, raspberry, white pepper, anise and tobacco. Itâ€™s rather austere and
still in its infancy so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2018â€“2032."
94 pts. James
Suckling - "So perfumed with black
cherry, strawberry and flowers. Tar undertones. Brick, too. Some minerals.
Stone fruit. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Barbaresco with
clarity and finesse. This has some wine from the top crus of Gaja such as Sori
Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo in the blend because they were not bottled. Drink
92 pts.Wine Spectator - "New
oak adds vanilla and toast to the expressive cherry and berry fruit in this
dense red, presenting a layer of tannins that will require time to integrate.
Much better with air, staying fresh, focused and long. Best from 2018 through
91 pts. Wine Advocate - "The
2012 Barbaresco shows different DNA from its previous incarnations. Angelo Gaja
usually blends fruit from 14 vineyard sites to make this wine. Starting with
this vintage, he has opted to reduce that number to eight vineyards instead.
The change is subtle, but you can taste it. At this young stage in the wine's
life I was unsure of the results. This Barbaresco is more austere, thorny and
nervous compared to the super supple and rich vintages of the immediate past.
The nose shows dark fruit follow by cola, garden herb and white pepper. The
mouthfeel is silky and firm and edgy. "
91 pts. Antonio Galloni
- "The 2012 Barbaresco is lifted, precise and gracious in style. Sweet red
cherry, cranberry, wild flowers and mint are all laced together in a delicate,
understated Barbaresco that will drink well early. The 2012 is supremely classy
and polished, but it is also unusually accessible for a young Gaja wine. In
2012, Gaja did not bottle their three single-vineyard wines from Barbaresco.
Instead, all of the fruit went into the estate's Barbaresco bottling."