Color: Dark ruby/purple.
Nose: A captivating and refined nose with a well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans
Palate: Elegance and crystal purity characterize this extremely complex and densely woven wine with an aging patential of decades.
Wine Spectator 94 points - A modern style, with black cherry, pomegranate, plum and spice flavors. Supple and harmonious, offering refined tannins and a lingering aftertaste of berry, white pepper and tobacco. Shows terrific length and energy on the minerally finish. This has the structure to develop. Best from 2016 through 2030. 500 cases made.-BS
(Dec 15 2013)
Vinous 94 points - Good full medium red. Subdued aromas of strawberry, red cherry and underbrush; oakier than the Barbaresco. Then lusher on the palate but with bright acidity and a firm tannic structure giving definition to the flavors of strawberry coulis and mocha. Finishes with terrific definition and a whiplash of fruits and flowers. Impressive potential here.
94+ Points (Nov 2013)
Wine Advocate 95 points - The 2010 Costa Russi is a vineyard-designate “Barbaresco” (although the wine’s addition of five percent Barbera prohibits it from being called such) that opens to even more profound depth and generosity. As is typical of this cru expression, the wine displays an amazing assortment of aromas that span from the floral to the spicy. Supple, round and seductive, it caresses the palate in the most beautiful fashion. The 2010 vintage is shaping up handsomely for those who collect Gaja’s best bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. (Jun 2013)
The eleven-acre Costa Russi vineyard was acquired by the Gaja family in 1950 and today produces one of Gaja's single-vineyard Langhe D.O.C. Nebbiolo wines. A "costa" is the side of a hill that faces the sun; "Russi" is the name of the former owners of this vineyard.
|The eleven-acre Costa Russi vineyard was acquired by the Gaja family in 1950 and today produces one of Gaja's single-vineyard Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. wines. A costa is the side of a hill that faces the sun; russi is the name of the former owners of this vineyard.
|The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery’s current owner.
In 1994, GAJA acquired its first wine estate in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. This estate produces three Brunello di Montalcino wines- including the single vineyard Sugarille- from vineyard holdings totaling sixty five acres.
In 1996 Gaja acquired a second property in Tuscany, Ca’Marcanda, located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri. Of the property’s 200 acres, 150 have been planted with new vineyards: primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
BottleCurrently, the Gaja Winery owns 250 acres of vineyards in Piedmont, located in the Barbaresco district (Barbaresco and Treiso) and the Barolo district (Serralunga d’Alba and La Morra).
Since its inception, the Gaja Winery has continuously evolved in ways that have always focused on meticulous care of and attention to the quality of its wines.