- KOS-tah ROO-see
- Guido Rivella and Angelo Gaja
The Gaja winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family. It is in the town of Barbaresco which lies just northeast of Alba. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the winery’s current owner. 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.
- Grape Variety
- 95% Nebbiolo, 5% Barbera
- Fermentation with skins in stainless steel. One week at 82ºF, then two weeks at 64ºF.
- 12 months in barriques and then 12 months in large oak casks.
- | Appearance
- Dark ruby/purple.
- | Aroma
- A captivating and refined nose with well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and ro
- | Taste
- Elegance and crystal purity characterize this extremely complex and densely woven wine wit
- | Serving Suggestions
- Braised red meats, roast beef.
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The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker -96 points
The 2005 Costa Russi shimmers on the palate with extraordinary grace. The wine boasts wonderful depth an richness in it’s dark red fruits in a round, generous style that offers lovely balance to the tannins. Notes of tar, smoke and licorice develop in the glass, adding a touch of complexity and nuance that is sometimes missing in this bottling. The French oak is present, but deftly balanced with the wine’s other components. As always, Costa Russi comes across as relatively accessible when young, but it is sure to be only improve with age. Recent bottles of the 1985 have been nothing short of glorious. Anticipated Maturity: 2015-2030
The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - 92 points
The 2006 Langhe Costa Russi is a bit reticent at first, and two of the three bottles I tasted showed elements of reduction that eventually blew off. A gorgeous center of soft perfumed fruit lies behind the slightly unfocused bouquet. The wine reveals notable clarity and detail once it opens up in the glass with dark cherries flowers and minerals that linger on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.