2005 Gaja "Sorì San Lorenzo" Langhe (Previously $349.99)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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 simply 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...In the meantime, this wine is sure to provide enormous pleasure to those lucky enough to own it. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035. (AG)
A wine of total finesse, the 2005 Sorì San Lorenzo impresses for its nuance and balance. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon and crushed rocks are all laced together in a wine of exquisite harmony. The 2005 is one of the more restrained, elegant vintages in this vertical tasting. The perfumed finish speaks above all else to a sense of delicacy that is impossible to miss. (Antonio Galloni)
**Cellar Selection** You cannot not love this wine: layered and intense with extraordinary integrity of fruit, it offers supple flavors of dark fruit, spice, tobacco and chocolate. It’s dense, succulent and penetrating with polished tannins and long persistency. The palate becomes coated with opulence and richness: 5% Barbera is added. Drink 2015–2030.
Very pretty plum and strawberry aromas follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a long finish. A reserved, almost delicate style. But with air this gives you loads of luscious and beautiful fruit. Best after 2011.
Wine & Spirits
Gaja has made this single-vineyard wine since 1967. The '05 is as sleek and stunning as a Maserati on the outside, with ferocious power raging deep within. A blend of nebbiolo (95 percent) and barbera, a layer of sweet oak initially masks the fruit. As the wine opens, it becomes more refined, its ripe blackberry flavors and foresty coolness balancing the wood. A luxurious and aristocratic wine, this has the strength to cellar for a decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Much more closed on the nose than the Sori Tildin, hinting at dark raspberry and minerals. Deep, rich and pliant but a bit brooding today and currently hiding its underlying sweetness. Best today on the long, ripe back end, which features big, broad, dusty tannins and a lingering spicy nuance. These vines are 47 years old.