Gaja sori Tildin Barbaresco 2017/ #11942610
he Sori Tildin is one of the three legendary single layers Barbaresco by Angelo Gaja. It is located above the Costa Russi site and is the most elegant of the three crus due to its altitude. Sori denotes a south-facing location and Tildin derives from the nickname of Anelo's grandmother. This Barbaresco was bottled for the first time with the 1970 vintage. Between 1996 and 2012, this wine was labeled as Langhe DOC because they wanted to be free to integrate the Barbera, which was also grown in this location. Since the 2013 vintage, the Sori Tildin, like the other Gaia vineyards, has once again been under the umbrella of the DOCG Barbaresco and is 100% Nebbiolo.
This famous wine is one of the best you can have in a glass. Long lasting, complex, structured and very deep. A great red wine. The Decanter magazine writes about the 2017 Sori Tildin Barbaresco: "It shows delightful purity of fruit and fragrance on the nose, with lifted and fresh raspberry aromas. Although suave and velvety on the palate, there are robust and assertive Tannins beneath the fruit. This has tension and gravitas, more so than Costa Russi in this vintage. Very long. 95/100"
Falstaff magazine is at 96/100 and writes: "Sparkling, medium-dense ruby garnet. Catchy nose with fresh notes of raspberry and cherry, some ginger in the background. Extremely polished on the palate, shows a lot of dense mesh Tannin with a sweet core, describes a long arc."
The Gaja 2017 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn opens to a luminous ruby appearance with pretty crimson highlights. This vintage appears lighter in color and concentration compared to past editions. The bouquet delivers a purity and sharpness nonetheless, but it offers less overall fruit. It shows subtle berry tones with blue flower, aniseed and candied orange peel. This very young Sorì Tildìn takes time to open, and it remains on the nervous side even after it has been given ample time in the glass. The best course of action is to wait until the 10-year mark before opening this bottle. It needs that extra time to soften and flesh out.
WINESPECTATOR / JAMES SUCKLING (98)
Extremely perfumed with strawberries, flowers, cherries and hints of ash and tar. Medium to full-bodied with tightness and raciness to the tannins. Polished, too. Very, very persistent.
Please note that the white background on the labels has some grey notes, marks were there already when originally bought
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