Gaja Alteni Di Brassica Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Langhe, Italy) - [RP 91] [JD 90]

Gaja Alteni Di Brassica Sauvignon Blanc 2017
(Langhe, Italy) - [RP 91] [JD 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
The Gaja family made history once again when it planted Sauvignon Blanc in the Barbaresco appellation in 1983. Today, the fruit for this mineral-driven expression of Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the original plantings in Barbaresco and newer vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba (in the Barolo appellation), roughly 7.5 acres in all. The name is based on two traditionally common elements in the Piedmontese landscape. Alteni are the classic, short white stone walls that were once typically used to cloister the vineyards of Piedmont. Brassica is the name of the beautiful yellow flowers that pepper the vineyards in the springtime. Combined, the name means the little walls of yellow springtime flowers.

Alteni di Brassica combines the classic herbaceous and aromatic qualities of the grape variety with the elegance and refinement of the GAJA style. This wine's impressive acidity gives it remarkable aging potential and while it is generally consume in its youth, many prefer to cellar it. In exceptional vintages, patient collectors are rewarded with nuanced expressions of this classic grape variety, with rich aroma and flavor. Pheasants are featured on Alteni di Brassica's label to commemorate the beautiful birds that inhabit the forests adjacent to GAJA's vineyards.

Wine Notes
Color: Golden
Aroma: Elegant perfume with aromatic notes in harmony with the distinct fruit.
Taste: Dense structure and balanced body, supported by perfectly integrated acidity.

Grape Variety Used: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Length/Type of Aging: Aged for 6 months in barriques (where malolactic fermentation completes).


Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica (a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc) offers tonic freshness, zesty citrus, white peach and crushed oyster shell. The harvest came early in this hot growing season with the grapes coming off the vines as early as August 17th. That early picking date served to keep the aromas fresh and the fruit crunchy. Gaia Gaja tells me that the fruit was super concentrated in this vintage, and the clusters were so small she called them "bonsai grapes." In addition to the concentrated aromas, the wine also shows a level of freshness that comes as a very pleasant surprise. Evidently, the acidity was also concentrated into those tiny berries." - Monica Larner (8th Jun 2019)

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"First released in 1983 (as was the Gaia & Ray Chardonnay), the 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica is a mineral-driven, bright, and juicy expression of Sauvignon Blanc that offers terrific notes of crushed citrus, green herbs, lime, and subtle hints of tart pineapple. With bright acidity, medium body, and terrific balance, it’s an incredibly classy Sauvignon Blanc that’s terrific today, yet I suspect will age gracefully for at least 5-7 years if you’re so inclined." - Jeb Dunnuck (11/5/2019)