Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2019

Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2019

 

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Gaja
Sori San Lorenzo 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Italy
  • Region : Tuscany
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Nebbiolo

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 99 2017
WS Wine Spectator 96 2017
RP Robert Parker 95 2017
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 98 2016
DCT Decanter 97 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 94 2014
More information on wine critics and ratings
The story of this estate’s ascendancy is captivating, full of passion and innovation. The Gaja name was established in the region in the 1850s when Angelo’s great, great grandfather Giovanni Gaja moved to Piedmont and then set up a tavern in the lovely village of Barbaresco. Since then 5 generations of the Gaja family have been involved in the winemaking process. Angelo Gaja joined the business in 1961, taking over the reins from his father Giovanni. It was at this point that the… Read more

James Suckling (JS) : 99 Points (2017)
The aromas of fresh rose petals are amazing with strawberries and citrus underneath. Full-bodied and layered with a complete, very linear and long finish. It turns tight and very serious at the end. Please give this at least five years to show it’s potential.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 96 Points (2017)
This tightly wound red is dense with black cherry, black currant, plum, tar and iron flavors as well as tannins. Shows a lot of power and persistence, with all the components in the right proportion, ending with a long, resonant aftertaste. Needs time. Best from 2024 through 2048.

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2017)
The 2017 growing season saw a couple of violent hail events in the Barbaresco appellation, and this celebrated vineyard suffered some damage during a storm that hit on July 19th. Yields were reduced, but the wine holds its own thanks to the careful fruit selection process put in place by the Gaja family. Their 2017 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo is a shade richer in terms of flavor concentration, as is always the case with fruit from this slightly warmer growing site. However, like the other two single-vineyard Barbaresco expressions, this wine reveals a thin, sharp and nervous personality that is driven in large part by tannic firmness and acidity. Sorì San Lorenzo adds lots of dark mineral definition to cassis, wild cherry, rose and Provence herbs. Rating: 95+

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 98 Points (2016)
The 2016 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo is an eternal wine that will need 10-15 years in bottle to truly come around. Sorì San Lorenzo is often a big, virile wine. There is plenty of heft to the 2016, but at the same time, I also find an element of refinement and nuance that Sorì San Lorenzo has rarely, if ever, shown. Black cherry, cloves, menthol, licorice, gravel and incense are some of the many aromas and flavor that meld together in this dramatic and dramatically beautiful Barbaresco from the Gaja family. The Sorì San Lorenzo just explodes on the finish, with an array of aromas, flavors and textures that will leave readers weak at the knees. The 2016 is an outrageously beautiful, vivid wine of real gravitas and power. (AG) 98+ (11/2019)

Decanter (DCT) : 97 Points (2015)
The Sorí San Lorenzo vineyard is situated close to the Tanaro River, which undoubtedly helps moderate the temperature and initiates an earlier flowering period. Its sandy limestone soil provides perfect drainage and produces good tannin structure. This wine has depth, concentration and sweet primary fruit, with a touch of violet, meat, sweet cherry and wild raspberry. Lovely, polished tannins with some grip. It has benefitted from a slightly longer maceration, as well as eight months in barriques – seamlessly suffused into the wine – before spending the rest of the ageing period in large oak barrels. Drinking Window 2018 - 2037

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 94 Points (2014)
Gaja 2014 Sorì San Lorenzo (Barbaresco). Forest floor, Porcini mushroom, eucalyptus, dark spice and toasted aromas curl out of the glass. It’s youthfully austere, offering cranberry, sour cherry and licorice framed in assertive, closegrained tannins. It still needs time to come around and fully bloom. Drink 2024–2034. Cellar Selection

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Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2019 Reviewed by James Suckling 06-11-2022 . Score: 5