Costa Russi Barbaresco 2013
98 points, “The 2013 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a real head-turner… stunningly beautiful on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.” – Antonio Galloni
In 2013, the Gaja family dropped the inclusion of the 5% Barbera grapes that had seen their legendary single vineyard Barbarescos declassified to Langhe Nebbiolo DOC for 15 years. That makes this pure vintage extremely exciting and many critics consider Costa Russi to be the surprise pick of the bunch.
For Barbaresco, 2013 was a classic vintage to rival the legendary 2010. Costa Russi is located beneath the legendary Sorì Tildìn at the bottom of the village. In 2013 it found a new almost crystalline level of purity; the crunchy cherry and raspberry flecked with mint, rose, lavender and orange blossom. Pair this beautifully balanced red with truffles, duck, goose, game or wild mushrooms.
Although this family estate was established in the 1850s, it wasn’t until Angelo Gaja took over in 1970 that Gaja was pushed through into the vanguard of Italian wine. Although the Super Tuscans hog much of spotlight, this man is often described as having single-handedly dragged Italian wine into the modern age. Not content with introducing revolutionary modern techniques and non-indigenous grape varieties to his Piedmont vineyards, propelling them into the position of benchmark for the region, he has also branched out to Tuscany with dramatic effect. A rebel, a perfectionist and an incredible winemaker, when it comes to the great man we think Robert Parker puts it best: “A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja cannot be faulted for what he puts in the bottle.”
£73.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2491489
Style No.: 636016
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