There is no doubt that Gaja today is one of the most famous brands of Italian wine in the world. It is enough to recall, by way of explanation, that already in 1985 its Barbaresco DOCG was called “the finest wine ever made in Italy”, and that in 1998 the owner, Angelo Gaja, was awarded by the international wine press as “man of the year”.
It must be said that the premises for success were all there, since the winery Gaja, founded in 1859 by his great-great-grandfather Giovanni, had begun to focus on the quality of his wines since the beginning of 1900, with the production choices of his great-grandfather Angelo, driven in this direction by his wife Clotilde Rey. To Angelo succeeded his son Giovanni, the first to be stained with what in his time was a real blasphemy: pruning the vines discarding the less good clusters, rejecting “the grace of God”!
With such clear examples behind, the work of Angelo, who entered the company in 1961, could only be what we know today: creation of exclusive wines by Cru entered the history of wine, use of the most modern production techniques, inspired by Burgundy and Bordeaux viticulture, such as the use of barriques (a real revolution for those times) and expansion of production (currently around 350,000 bottles, from 92 hectares of property) with the introduction of vines from those lands, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon.
Precisely from 100% Sauvignon grapes comes this Alteni di Brassica, whose name recalls the yellow flowers of the vineyards (Brassica) growing along the stone walls that surround them (Alteni). It is a Langhe DOC wine whose grapes, after a careful selection, ferment for 4 weeks at a controlled temperature (16,18,18,000) and age in barriques for 6 months, undergoing malolactic fermentation, before the final bottling.
The wine, in this 2018 vintage, shows an intense straw-yellow color of good roundness, with main aromas of papaya, kumquat, chlorophyll, and flint, accompanied, in the second part, by Williams pear, hawthorn, geen pepper and ginger, with echoes of saffron and boisée. The taste is pretty acidic, well balanced by a good roundness, with an interesting sapid component, a hint of spiciness, and a return of ripe yellow fruit, vegetal component and toasted notes on which closes the quite long sip.
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