Gaja Barbaresco 2005
Gaja Barbaresco 2005 is one of the most hotly awaited wines in Italy. Gaja Barbaresco is considered to be the very best Barbaresco money can buy, and in the very best vintages, like 2004, sells out fast and becomes very collectible (indeed I have a few ’04’s tucked away myself). So what of the 2005, certainly across the Piedmont this is no 2004 vintage but how did Gaja, with his wizard like legendary skills cope with the weather for this signature bottling of the Gaja estate?
The answer is, about as well as can be expected. In fact, for such a poor vintage he has managed to produce a very good Barberesco. Whilst, I have only a very limited basis of comparison, James Suckling has recently waxed lyrical about the Ceretto Barberesco’s apparently markedly better and the Ceretto Bernadot is markedly cheaper. The worst thing about this vintage is the price. The 2005, despite being a worse vintage, has not taken a hit, if anything the prices have gone up and I’m sat in Italy, so I can’t imagine the American market being happy with this situation.
Forgetting the great name, forgetting the vintage information there is no way I can recommend this wine if we are strictly talking about QPR. At the Cellar Door we have marked this wine up the by the smallest amount policy allows because the wine doesn’t represent good value. The wine will sell. Gaja Barbaresco is the the crème de la crème of Barbaresco, which, with Barolo, is the crème de la crème of the Piedmont. Find a 2004, or if 2005 represents some kind of special year for you, go with Ceretto. Or wait for the Giacosa effort which I will be very excited to try.
Enough with the negativity, this is a 93 point wine in my books, it’s beautiful and a tremendous effort and Gaja fans will be very impressed. We’ve priced this £5 under anyone else in the UK guys so if you are a Gaja fan…. we’re trying!
Gaja Barbaresco 2005 – PASS – €126
A mid ruby red in the glass with a nose that needed some coaxing. Tight. When it comes forward the aromas of blackberries, strawberries and light rose are there in typical style. Full bodied and mouth coating, good firm tannins and a long finish. Luscious mid palate, lots of fruit, well balanced, opulent and structured. 93 Points
Personally, I’m not buying it, I will wait to see what Giacosa’s Barbaresco is doing and, even so, this vintage is blah. Just blah.
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – The Cellar Door – €126
Americans – Wine House – $184
Brits – The Cellar Door – £85.50
Question of the Day
Is there a wine you will buy year on year regardless of the price? Have you had to curb your wine spending habits with the state of the weak dollar?