Gaja is the master of Barbaresco and this 21 year-old example proves it. The 1998 Gaja Barbaresco, with 14% alcohol, savored with Dionysian Robert Bucknam, scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of 20.
It was old world with dried rose and road tar esters. It had a Barolo nose. We drank it with a simple pasta dish to feature the wine. Today, Gaja’s wines cost over $100.
The wine has another decade to cellar. It was decanted an hour before drinking and was smooth as silk. It had a long clean aftertaste and made the entire evening. In Vino Veritas.