Gaja Sperss 2013 1.5L


SKU 01723


Angelo Gaja, the outspoken owner of the illustrious Gaja estate, is opposed to following the rules of the region’s authorities, so instead he adds the Barbera grape to his Nebbiolo planted in Barolo, and uses the classification Langhe DOC. As a result, Gaja produces two wines that many consider to be 'Super Barolos'; Sperss and Conteisa. They are two of the greatest ‘Barolos’ in the world, combining wonderful ripe and concentrated fruit, with incredible structure and delicacy.

In 1961 Angelo stopped buying fruit from other growers in Barolo in order to ensure the best quality in his wines and looked for land to buy. In 1988 Gaja purchased a 30 acre vineyard in one of Serralunga’s best areas, this ended 30 years of Gaja’s absence from Barolo production. Angelo affectionately named it ‘Sperss’, which is Piemontese for ‘nostalgia’. This name pays reverence to the winery and the generations that fashioned it. The vineyard is located on the eastern appellation of the great village of Serralunga d’Alba, where the soils date back to Helvetian era. The soils has plenty of tightly packed sandstone, which produces a bigger style of wine, with the defining Serralunga flavours of rose petal, tar, earth and mushroom. The blend is made up of 94% Nebbiolo and 6% Barbera and is aged for 12 months in barriques followed by 12 months in large oak casks. Gaja’s world-beating Conteisa and Sperss are classified as Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, but for all intense and purposes they are one of the finest examples of what these great villages can achieve. Sperrs perenially lends itself to powerful flavours and structure, while Conteisa balances this with greater perfume and delicacy. In most vintages Gaja struggles to produce more than 1,500 cases of Conteisa and 2,500 of Sperss, allocations are difficult to secure, particularly in great vintages, which the 2010 unequivocally is.

Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Barolo
Brand Gaja
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine AdvocateThis 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.

Monica Larner, June 30, 2017