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1996 Gaja, Angelo Barbaresco Costa Russi

Colour: Red
Vintage: 1996
Appellation: Barbaresco
94 (AG/D)

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1996 Gaja, Angelo Barbaresco Costa Russi

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1996 Gaja, Angelo Barbaresco Costa Russi

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1996 Gaja, Angelo Barbaresco Costa Russi

94 (AG/D)
£3,750 Loose bottle(s) available

1996 Gaja, Angelo Barbaresco Costa Russi

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Italy (Piedmont)
94 (AG/D)
JER
0
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1
£1,250
1
 
CONDITION
STATUS
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Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
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Bottle (300cl)
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Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
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Tasting Notes and Scores

93

Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 28/08/2000

The 1996 Costa Russi reminds me of how a great Zinfandel or a great red Burgundy would taste if made by Angelo Gaja. A seductive nose of black raspberries, violets, licorice, and pain grille is followed by a rich wine with pure black fruit flavors intertwined with sweet, smoky oak. Full-bodied, with ripe tannin, this internationally-styled, stunningly proportioned, big, compelling 1996 will be at its peak between 2003-2023.

As I reported in issue #124 (8-27-99), 1996 is a spectacular vintage for Angelo Gaja. There is a lot of speculation as to why he has dropped the name Barbaresco from the labels of his single-vineyard wines, but given his personality and overall commitment to quality, it can only be to improve the quality and give him some flexibility in difficult vintages to produce a wine that may or may not be 100% Nebbiolo. At least that's how I view it.

Importer: Vinifera Imports, Ronkonkoma, NY; tel. (516) 467-5907

93

Wine Spectator

Shows loads of fruit on the nose, with crushed berries, licorice, currant and mineral character. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a slightly austere finish. A racy style. Almost Bordeaux-like. Should come out nicely. Still needs time.--1996 Piedmont retrospective.

93+

Stephen Tanzer

Bright ruby-red. Precise, complex aromas of crystallized plum, back cherry, dark chocolate, flowers and mint. Very deep but currently folded in on itself; intensely spicy flavors of dark berries and dark chocolate. Quite firmly tannic, but here the tannins are sweeter and broader than those of the Barbaresco.

94

Antonio Galloni

The 1996 Costa Russi is sensual, dark and voluptuous, within the context of a vintage that yielded big, powerful wines. Black cherry, smoke, iron, graphite and dark spices infuse this rich, textured wine. Like all of these 1996s, the Costa Russi is quite virile and masculine in style, even though it has more curvy contours, greater sensuality than the other wines in the range. The first signs of tertiary complexity have begun to develop. Scents of sweet tobacco, macerated cherry, menthol, licorice, dried herbs and smoke add nuance throughout. Costa Russi is the most forward of Gaja's four wines from Barbaresco, but has plenty of life ahead.

94

Decanter

Despite a generous crop in 1996 that threatened a lack of concentration, good acidity has given the best wines staying power. This is certainly in its prime: the cherry-infused nose is sweet and intense with a light smokiness, demonstrating a vibrant but not flamboyant character. The attack is limpid, carried through and lifted by the acidity. The tannins are firm, and there's concentration and force here. It has a youthful vigour and exemplary length. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028
Tasted by Stephen Brook (at Gaja, Barbaresco, 14 May 2018)
Part of Gaja Barbaresco crus: Costa Russi & Sorì San Lorenzo verticals