Gaja, Angelo - Barolo Sperss 1996

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Gaja, Angelo

Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate

The spectacular 1996 Barolo Sperss boasts an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to enormously ripe black cherries, tar, flowers, and white truffles. Extremely full-bodied, with compelling intensity and purity, this is a large-scaled, massive Barolo with plenty of tannin, and 2-3 decades of ageability. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030.

Wine Spectator

A very ripe red, almost raisiny and curranty. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of tar and ripe fruit character. Getting better, but still a bit austere. Needs time.--1996 Piedmont retrospective. Best after 2009.

Stephen Tanzer

Full saturated ruby. Brooding, profound aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and smoked meat. Boasts remarkably intense and penetrating flavors, and has the superb density of material to buffer its powerful acids and tannins. This very backward wine already shows a harmony of components and grip of steel. The finish features palate-drenching tannins and great lively length. A magnificent Barolo of great class.

Antonio Galloni

The 1996 Sperss is arguably the most backward of these 1996s from Gaja. Still very young and tightly wound, the 1996 is going to need at least a few years to truly blossom. Even so, it is likely to remain somewhat compact and classically austere in build. The flavors are dark, with plenty of melted road tar, lavender, smoke and gravel undertones that add shades of nuance to this potent and imposing Serralunga wine.