Served w/dinner alongside three-cheese tortellini, grilled sweet and hot Italian sausages in a tomato-red pepper-katamala olive ragout.

Mid-depth garnet color w/excellent clarity. Lots of thin, clear legs coating the glass. Nose of cherry, leather, herbs, and spices abound from the glass; flavors of soft red fruits, leather, fine-powdery tannins spice up the finish.

A beautiful, mature Barbaresco that's probably just past peak. Would like to have had this a couple years back, as I would imagine Gaja could do just about anything he wanted to w/a less-than-spectacular vintage. I'm looking forward to trying the '95 version I bought alongside this one. 86-87 pts., $45.

(musings from the great white thread-killer!)
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I agree with KYbo's assesment of this wine. The combination of leather, an abundance of red fruit early on, and the peppery spice intermixing with the fruit, was clearly a sign that this was a well made bottle of wine in a less than stellar vintage. It was interesting to see how this wine became much more softer the longer it was in the glass. It is best to consume this wine quicker rather than slower. I would rate it 88pts.

IW

Life without wine?...... Yeah Right.<br /><br />I believe we have 2 lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.
Thanks for the notes guys. I've got a single bottle of the 1998 and am wondering how long I should wait to open it. Maybe another year or two?
IW;
In my world, it's always best to consume a wine quicker than slower, unless of course you're driving... Big Grin Wink

futronic;
If my memory serves me better than my spelling ability, '98 was an outstanding vintage in the Piedmont so I'd opt for the latter. The '93 stood up very well to the ragout, all things considered. I'd bet the '98 will be a blockbuster.

(musings from the great white thread-killer!)
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I should call my friend who works for the company that imports Gaja into Canada and see if they have any recent notes on the wine.

Thanks for the comments, kybo.

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