The Gaja winery was born in 1859 in Barbaresco, in Piedmont, in the heart of the Langhe wine-producing center, and immediately established itself as one of the symbolic cellars of the region. The first owner of the family was Giovanni Gaja but the real qualitative turning point came with the vision and commitment of his son, Angelo Gaja, who immediately invested in the pursuit of absolute quality. Among the main innovations carried out we include the reduction of the yield per hectare of land, the use of the barrique going against the stylistic choices of refinement of the time for the region and type of wine and the introduction of longer corks. This has allowed Angelo to express a new face of Piedmontese wine, without becoming too fossilized in tradition, but rather starting from it and innovating. Angelo has always been supported in this journey by his wife Lucia, and today, with pride, his children Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni walk in their father’s footsteps; his wines have been able to establish themselves throughout the world as products capable of enhancing the winemaking quality of Piedmont and more generally of Made in Italy in the world. The company now owns more than 92 hectares of vineyards which it has always cultivated respecting the land and the environment and produces around 350,000 bottles a year. As early as 1977, Gaja expanded his views also outside Piedmont in Tuscany with the project in Bolgheri of Ca’Marcanda, where Bordeaux blends are produced and in Montalcino with Pieve Santa Restituta, also creating his own distribution of many other important wine regions and areas.
The grapes are harvested by hand in boxes. After the grapes have been destemmed and pressed, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and at a controlled temperature with maceration for about 3 weeks. After which the wine ages in wood for 30 months and is bottled, where it rests for another few months before being put on the market.
Intense garnet red colour. On the nose notes of ripe red fruit such as wild berry and blackberry jam, with notes of intense and severe minerality, typical of the Serralunga terroir, black truffle, rhubarb, licorice and dark cocoa. Austere and deep on the palate, vertical and counterbalanced by a great minerality and body. Elegant and ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Very long persistence with hints of spice.
Is it really important what we pair with such a wine? Suitable for the most demanding and refined palates, Gaja represents an absolute guarantee. Also very suitable for a special gift, Sperss has enormous aging potential: if left to age for a few more years in the cellar, it is considerably enriched with highly sought-after notes and sensations able to excite. In combination it goes very well with important dishes based on red meat or game or with very mature cheeses.