Sperss (Serralunga)

Gaja

Pronunciation
spare-sss
Year
Current
Type
Red
Winery
Gaja
Region
Piemonte
Oenologist
Guido Rivella and Angelo Gaja

Overview

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. Angelo Gaja's father bought grapes for his Barolo from this Serralunga vineyard until 1961 when the Gaja family decided to produce wines only from estate-owned vineyards. It was with great pride and a bit of emotion that Gaja resumed producing Barolo when they acquired this vineyard in 1988. Reflecting the decades-long wait, the wine was named Sperss, Piedmontese for "nostalgia."

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
94% Nebbiolo, 6% Barbera
Vinification
Fermentation with skins in stainless steel. One week at 82ºF, then two weeks at 64ºF.
Aging
12 months in barriques and then 12 months in large oak casks.
Alcohol
14%
| Appearance
Burgundy.
| Aroma
The nose shows a dark, pure and very focused fruit with classic hints of tar, licorice and a touch of truffles.
| Taste
Displays the austere character typical of Serralunga terroir: deep structure and lots of ripe tannins. Dense, massive yet seamless, this beautifully i
| Serving Suggestions
Excellent wine to enjoy with roasted game or any game pie.

Sperss (Serralunga)

Suggested Retail:
$441.00
CSPC#:
720314
Available Sizes:
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
6

Reviews

Robert Parker - 94 points

2004 Langhe Sperss. is an infant. Still incredibly primary, it exudes the essence of Serralunga black fruits, smoke and tar. The new oak is still very evident here and the wine seems to be an awkward phase of its development. Still, it offers stunning concentration as well as length, with soft, caressing tannins that frame the fruit all the way to a long finish. This wine is need of a serious bottle age and may well very well merit a higher score.