Sori San Lorenzon


soh-REE san loh-REN-zoh
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 word "Sorì" means a hilltop with a southern exposure, and San Lorenzo is the patron saint of Alba. When Angelo purchased the land from the church in 1964 he naturally named it Sorì San Lorenzo.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
95% Nebbiolo and 5% Barbera
Fermentation with skins in stainless steel. One week at 82ºF, then two weeks at 64ºF.
12 months in barriques followed by 12 months in large oak casks.
| Appearance
Deep red.
| Aroma
Highly concentrated currant and black cherry fruit with a hint of coffee, in addition to aromas of fine herbs, minerals and exotic spices.
| Taste
Almost always the most powerful and austere of Gaja's five single-vineyard wines, give it time to fully develop. A very focused, concentration
| Serving Suggestions
Braised red meats, slow roast beef.

Sori San Lorenzon

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The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker -96 points

Gaja’s 2005 Sori San Lorenzo is a dense, dark beauty of sensual, irresistible charm. This richly-textured, expansive wine flows with masses of ripe dark fruit, menthol, licorice and mineral in a sumptuous, full-bodied style. The use of oak is simple masterful here and the wine boasts extraordinary balance. I am not sure how he does it, but Angelo Gaja is easily Italy’s most consistently brilliant producer. For those who can afford it, this is another gem from Gaja. Readers should interpret my drinking windows with a large grain of salt. The 1990 Sori San Lorenzo is still young, and in the 1978 is amazingly fresh, so it is anyone’s guess as to when this wine might be actually “ready.” In the meantime, this wine is sure to provide enormous pleasure to those lucky enough to own it. Anticipated Maturity: 2020-2035

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - 94 points

The 2006 Langhe Sori San Lorenzon is the most virile of these 2006 Langhes. The wine reveals terrific depth and richness in its dark fruit, smoke, tar, licorice and menthol. The authoritative Sori San Lorenzo offers plenty of excitement and sheer pleasure in an extroverted style. The elegant finish is at once powerful and sublime. Baritone notes of tar, smoke and licorice linger on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.