Founded in 1859, Gaja represents a revolutionary force in Italian winemaking and is justifiably ranked amongst the world’s very greatest producers. Famous for producing exquisite Barolos and Barbaresco wines from the Piedmont area of Italy, Gaja was a pioneer in the production of single-vineyard releases and modern winemaking techniques which effectively put his native region on the wine map. Given such honours as ‘the undisputed king of Barbaresco’ and ‘the man who dragged Piedmont into the modern world’, Gaja has acquired an iconic status and the wines are some of the world’s most coveted releases.
Sperss represents one of the two single-vineyard wines produced by Gaja. The vineyard is found on the eastern appellation of the great village of Serralunga d’Alba where the soil dates back to Helvetian era. The soil is tightly packed which produces a bigger style of wine. The blend is made up of 94% Nebbiolo and 6% Barbera and is aged for 12 months in barriques followed by 12 months in large oak casks.
“Dark red fruit, savoury herbs, menthol, tobacco and smoke are some of the many notes that take shape in the 2010 Sperss. A wine of unusual translucency and nuance, 2010 Sperss is supremely refined and less bombastic than is often the case. The 2010 shuts down quickly in the glass and its best days lie many, many years ahead. Today, though, I am quite struck by what appears to be a subtle yet noticeable change in direction at Gaja.” 95+ points, Antonio Galloni
750ml£23.33 per 100.00ml