Gaja Sperss Vertical
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Collector's Alert :: this is a highly rated six bottle vertical case of Gaja's famous Sperss vineyard including two bottles each of 2009, 2010 and 2011. The individual bottles may not be sold separately, it is a six bottle unit. Sperss, which translates to “nostalgia,” is a vineyard located in Barolo, which the Gaja family purchased in 1988. Sperss sits on the historic and celebrated Marenca-Rivetta site in Serralunga, and produces a wine which is typically Angelo Gaja's most brooding and concentrated expression of this special cru's Nebbiolo, displaying all of the Serralunga characteristics of asphalt, tar, smoke and spice, and marked with prominent ripe, dark fruit and deep tannins. Sperss is usually a blend of 94% Nebbiolo with the remainder Barbera, and is fermented in stainless steel for three weeks and aged for a year each in barrique and botti before bottling.
2009 Sperss Rated 95 Wine Advocate:
'The 2009 Sperss sees fruit sourced from Serralunga d’Alba and those telltale signs of the territory are definitely on full display. The power, added structure and thicker density of the wine speak to this corner of the Barolo denomination. Bold cherry and spice are rounded off by leather, tobacco and a touch of toasted Alba hazelnut. The finish is soft and caressing even at this young stage, yet the wine still needs more time to evolve. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. '
2010 Sperss Rated 96 Wine Advocate:
'The 2010 Sperss delivers a broad approach to the bouquet with bold flavors of red fruit, spice and milk chocolate that caress the palate. The wine sports a broad frame with beautiful fruit filling at its core. The tannins in Sperss are very firm and structured and this wine won’t be ready for five to ten more years. Drink: 2018-2040. '
2011 Sperss Rated 95 Wine Advocate:
'With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, the 2011 Langhe Sperss is a wine of profound beauty. This is a velvety and caressing expression with dark fruit layers followed by kirsch, cassis, leather, balsam herb and white truffle. The Gaja family decided to move their bottling date forward in order to preserve the integrity and freshness of fruit in this warm vintage. This move has helped to avoid overripe sensations. In fact, Langhe Sperss seems fresh and tonic. This bodes exceptionally well for its aging potential.'