Gaja "Costa Russi" Langhe DOC 2013 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 98] [AG 98] [RP 95]

Gaja "Costa Russi" Langhe DOC 2013
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 98] [AG 98] [RP 95]


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About This Wine:

Costa means slope in Italian and is often used in the names of vineyard designated wines. In wine-growing parlance, it denotes the side of a hill that faces the sun. Russi was the nickname of the previous estate owner, who oversaw the vineyard management of this historic and privileged growing site. This 10-acre vineyard which lies in the township of Barbaresco was purchased in the winery's 1967 expansion of its vineyard holdings. GAJA's Costa Russi is known for the elegance and refinement of its aromatic character and likes its single-vineyard counterparts, will age gracefully for 40 years of more in outstanding vintages.

Wine Notes
Color: Dark ruby/purple
Aroma: A captivating and refined nose with well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans.
Taste: Elegance and crystal purity characterize this extremely complex and densely woven wine with an aging potential of decades.

Grape Variety Used: 95% Nebbiolo, 5% Barbera
Appellation: Langhe D.O.C.
Alcohol Level: 14.50%


Ratings & Reviews

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98 Points & #43 Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016 - James Suckling:
Medium ruby color. The class, strength and finesse to this wine are ever present with berry, dark-chocolate and walnut character. Full-bodied, dense and chewy. Very fresh. Chocolate, mango and ripe-strawberry flavors herald a bright finish. Needs four or five years to soften. Classic tannins. Better in 2021." - (November 9, 2016)

98 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"The 2013 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a real head-turner. Crystalline and utterly vivid in its expression of Nebbiolo, the 2013 is all class. Stylistically, the Costa Russi is closest to the straight Barbaresco, but it has a little more mid-palate sweetness and density. Bright floral and minty notes add lift on the chiseled, expressive finish. The Costa Russi is the star of the show this year, considering it is the least pedigreed of Gaja's three single-vineyard sites. The 2013 has been stunningly beautiful on the three occasions I have tasted it so far." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2016)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2013 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a celebration of vineyard site. In the past, this wine was blended with 5% Barbera, but this is no longer the case starting now. For the first time in recent memory, we are tasting a pure expression of Nebbiolo as harvested from the rows of vines in the Costa Russi cru, located directly below Sorì Tildìn at the base of the Barbaresco village. The vines are over 65-years-old and are planted in limestone clay and marl soils. Costa Russi is known for delicate, light-bodied wines that exhibit floral aromas of rose hip and lavender, as well as darker fruit tones at the back. Those qualities are beautifully evident in this vintage. The mouthfeel is characterized by a firm sense of tannic structure that is common to all of Gaja's new releases in the 2013 vintage." - Monica Larner (Jun 2016)