2013 Gaja Barolo Sperss

Year: 2013
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 97
James Suckling: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$219.95

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"Textbook rose, tar and cherry aromas and flavors, with accents of oak spice, licorice and tobacco, are the hallmarks of this complex red. Powerful yet harmonious, showing fine structure and a lingering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. 375 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"This wine shows the quintessential attributes of the Serralunga d'Alba appellation with dark fruit flavors and powerful intensity. The 2013 Barolo Sperss paints a very authentic picture of its unique territory with rich layers of black fruit, wet earth, black truffle, licorice and spice. The wine's tannic structure is firm and lasting. It shows broad shoulders and rich texture overall. This beautiful Barolo boasts a dark color and thick concentration with the aromatic elegance obtained in the 2013 vintage. This important wine is now part of the Barolo DOCG family.

I love writing my annual introduction to Gaja because there's always so much news to report. Last year, The Wine Advocate was the first to report that the estate's famously declassified wines, namely the Langhe Nebbiolo Costa Russi, Sorì Tildìn and Sorì San Lorenzo crus, had returned to the Barbaresco DOCG appellation. That tiny percentage of Barbera was removed and the wines are pure expressions of Nebbiolo from three distinct vineyards in the region. This year, we can add two more wines to full appellation status. Both from the Barolo region, Conteisa (from the Cerequio cru in La Morra) and Sperss (from the Marenca-Rivette vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba), have now officially returned to DOCG status. With the exception of the Bordeaux blend Darmagi, all of Gaja's top-end red wines are represented by either Barbaresco DOCG or Barolo DOCG status. I can confirm that the line of Barbaresco cru wines are being produced in the 2014 vintage and will be released next year. The other big news that broke during my trip to Etna, is that Angelo Gaja and his family have now invested on the Sicilian volcano. Gaja is joining forces with Alberto Aiello Graci of the Graci winery in Passopisciaro to make wine together. They bought 21 hectares of vines on the Southwest flank of the volcano. Gaja & Graci is big news for Etna, and is bigger news still for Gaja. The Piedmont powerhouse definitely knows how to grab those headlines." (WA)

"Gaja's 2013 Sperss is fabulous. Deep and powerful, yet also wonderfully translucent, the 2013 hits all the right notes. Graphite, game, smoke, licorice, plum, black cherry and dark spice are some of the signatures, but as is always the case with the best vintages, Sperss is a wine of vertical intensity and muscle. The 2013 won't be anywhere near ready to drink for a number of years. All the pedgiree and character of these Serralunga sites come through in an exceptionally beautiful and vivid Barolo from Gaja." (VM)

"Amazing aromas of cherries, oranges and light prunes with hints of wet earth and mushrooms. Very perfumed. It's medium-bodied, firm and direct. Great vino. Needs at least five years to come together but already a joy to taste." (JS)

"The gem of the 2013s is the 2013 Barolo Sperss which comes from limestone-dominated soils. The 2013 is deep, concentrated, and structured, with a fabulous sense of minerality in its black cherry, leafy herbs, damp earth, and licorice aromas and flavors. From a late, cool vintage, it has awesome purity of fruit, plenty of tannins, and a huge finish. It’s a brilliant wine any way you look at it. I’d happily drink this elixir today, but it deserves at least 3-4 years and will keep for 25+." (JD)

"Underbrush, toast, menthol, grilled herb and star anise aromas lead the way. Firmly structured but loaded with finesse, the taut palate delivers Morello cherry, raspberry, licorice and a toasted note while assertive, close-grained tannins provide the framework. It's still young and austere so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023–2033." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Sperss is a term affectionately used to denote nostalgia for precious things lost with time - an homage to the origins of the winery and the generations who built it. When the Gaja family decided to stop acquiring fruit from the other growers and bottle only estate-grown grapes, in 1961, it was a bold and difficult move. It would help to ensure a high standard of quality, but it also meant that for the first time in the winery's history, it would not be able to produce a Barolo. In 1988, nearly three decades after that fateful decision was made, the GAJA winery purchased a 30-acre farm in Serralunga d'Alba and rechristened it Sperss.


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