2010 Gaja Barolo Conteisa 1.5 L

Year: 2010
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 94-95
James Suckling: 95
Antonio Galloni: 95
Red Wine
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"The 2010 Conteisa is a stunner with all the overwhelming elegance that is inherent to this vintage. It opens steadily to reveal red flower, cassis, baking spice, anisette and tobacco. The aromas are expressive and deep with enduring richness. The tannins are slightly sweet and already soft. This is a collectors’ choice. Drink: 2018-2040.

I have some happy news to report from the exciting world of Angelo Gaja. The estate that was notoriously difficult (if not impossible) to visit for those outside the wine trade is now opening its doors to the public. There is a steep entrance fee, but the scheme makes perfect sense in my option. Any wine lover can make an appointment to tour the estate and sample wine for up to 300 euros a person. The money must be paid to charity as none of the proceeds go to Gaja. If you have a favorite non-profit organization, make a donation in that amount. Once you send receipt of payment to Gaja’s tasting room staff, your visit will be granted. It sounds like a fair exchange to me." (WA)

"Good dark red. Perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur and wild cherry accented by pungent medicinal herbs and sage; this will go balsamic with bottle age. Full yet somehow delicate, with an extremely fine-grained texture and compelling sweetness to the mid-palate. More brooding and earthy than the Sori San Lorenzo but wonderfully consistent from start to finish. The tannins are big but even and the dry, gripping, floral finish is classic Barolo." (IWC)

"Aromas of sliced porcini, dried rose petals and dark fruits such as plums. Full body, chewy and rich with dusty tannins. Juicy finish. Needs time to soften still. Better in 2017." (JS)

"The 2010 Conteisa is a wine of extreme finesse. Flowers, sweet red berries, hard candy, mint and licorice all emerge from the glass, supported by silky, polished tannins. Today the 2010 impresses for its fabulous, crystalline purity and striking overall balance. The style is aromatic, lifted and all about elegance. The 2010 has only recently been bottled. I won't be surprised if it is even better in another few years. Conteisa is mostly Nebbiolo with a dollop of Barbera, from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra." (AG)

Winery Notes
In 1995, GAJA decided to purchase a second farm in the Barolo appellation, this time in the township of La Morra. Nearly all of the property's vineyards lie in the famed Cerequio cru, widely recognized as one of the best growing sites on the west side of the Barolo-Albra road. The location of the cru along with the border between the townships of La Morra and Barolo (to the south) and its prized fruit made it one of the most coveted and "contended" in the appellation, with both townships vying for greater surface area under their control. For this reason, GAJA decided to call the wine Conteisa, Piedmontese dialect for the Italian contesa, meaning the contended vineyard and in 1996 bottled the first vintage.