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.


Way too many Barbaresco producers today have over-oaked, and over-cropped making the wine not one of my collectables. This one was what it use to be!

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.