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Gaja’s Barolo 2013s
20 June 2017

There are no two ways about it, exciting times are afoot at Gaja. As the gregarious Gaia Gaja takes the helm at this iconic Piedmont estate, 2013 signals the first vintage since 1996 to re-join the Barolo DOCG classification, marking a stylistic shift toward freshness, purer tannin definition and clearer vineyard signatures. With due reverence to the success and quality of her father’s legendary wines, Gaia Gaja advocates change. With great pride in the history of Piedmont, Gaia laments what she sees as historic European wine regions becoming mono-cultures; marking the loss not just of wholesome rural traditions but a practical susceptibility to illness and uniform climatic pressures too. For twenty years, the Gaja estate has been building lively, healthy ecosystems in and around their vineyards, championing progress and the environmental agenda - something Gaia intends to continue. However, she has made a few adjustments in the cellar, like reducing the amount of oxidative winemaking, opting instead to use lees and natural reduction to its advantage, eschewing regular racking, thus finding a lighter natural balance in the wines.    Read More

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