Gaja Sperss 2015

Gaja Sperss 2015

 

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Gaja
Sperss 2015
  • Vintage : 2015
  • Country : Italy
  • Region : Piedmont
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 94% Nebbiolo, 6% Barbera

Experts Score Vintage
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 98 2015
JS James Suckling 97 2015
RP Robert Parker 97 2015
WS Wine Spectator 95 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2015
DCT Decanter 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

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 98 Points (2015)
The 2015 Barolo Sperss shows all of the darkness and muscle that are so typical of Serralunga. Black cherry, plum, licorice, incense, gravel, cured meats and scorched earth infuse this potent, backward wine with tremendous character. My impression is that the extraction and oak are all a bit more pushed here relative to the other wines in the range. (AG) (11/2019)

James Suckling (JS) : 97 Points (2015)
Very ripe strawberry and cherry aromas with undertones of flowers and cedar. Hints of fresh leather, too. Full body and round, soft tannins with lots of intensity at the finish. Round and fruity, yet always reserved. Needs time to come completely together.

Robert Parker (RP) : 97 Points (2015)
In the 2015 Barolo Sperss, you can taste the iron rust and minerality that is so specific to the soils of Serralunga d'Alba where this wine is born. It is very bold and represents the more powerful of these two wines from Barolo. Cerequio is always the more floral, while the Sperss has an immediate cherry and some lingering, bold, blackberry aromas that make a strong impact. However, this wine does not have the austerity of a classic Barolo. Instead it shows a richer texture and it casts a wider net of flavors. Serralunga d'Alba fruit is marked by stronger concentration and ripeness, with a very firm and unyielding quality of tannin that should hold the wine steady as it moves through its aging evolution. This is a truly beautiful albeit brawny Nebbiolo.Rating: 97(+)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 95 Points (2015)
A broad, powerful style, full of well-defined plum, cherry, licorice, leather, iron and tobacco flavors. The smooth texture adds refinement. Exhibits refinement despite the breadth. The fine, lingering aftertaste picks up elements of wild herbs and spices.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2015)
Aromas of chopped mint, rose and red berry mingle with whiffs of French oak and menthol. The firm, full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, pomegranate, licorice, espresso and tobacco alongside tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity.

Decanter (DCT) : 94 Points (2014)
Sperss comes from two crus in Serralunga, and like Gaja's Barbarescos it's aged in a combination of barriques and large barrels. As so often is the case, it's a wine that combines power and finesse. It has a subdued cherry nose with a touch of oak, leading to a palate which is rich, powerful and tannic, but not too assertive. It's well balanced and fleshy, with lots of velvety texture and grain, and there's still an underlying freshness and finesse. Very long finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035

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Gaja Sperss 2015 Reviewed by Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 03-02-2022 . Score: 5