2005 Gaja "Sori Tildin" Langhe (Previously $349.99)
In most vintages, Sorì Tildìn is quite bit different stylistically than Costa Russi, but in 2005 the wines are more similar, as one might expect given that the two vineyards are on the same hill. In this vintage, the Sorì Tildìn is a bit more virile and brooding than it often is, with more power than finesse relative to the very best examples. And yet, there is something totally alluring about the 2005. Readers who own it might want to wait a few more years, but there is plenty to look forward to. (AG)
The purity of fruit in this young Nebbiolo is impressive, with a cedar, fresh mushroom and forest undertone. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit as well as toasty oak and milk chocolate. This is a wine that gives you lots at the finish. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Sori Tildin appears to be incredibly primary and youthful. Floral aromatics meld seamlessly into freshly cut roses, raspberries, licorice, tar and menthol. This graceful, feminine wine reveals tons of elegance and finesse in an understated style. Today the Sori Tildin shows a touch more oak than the other single-vineyard wines, which suggests it may not quite have the stuffing of the very finest vintages. Still, this remains a vibrant and very Piedmontese wine in need of only one thing, and that is a long slumber in the cellar. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* Dense and concentrated in appearance, Sorì Tildìn (with 5% Barbera) is the plushest and roundest of Gaja’s single-vineyard wines. Thanks to the quality of the fruit, the excellent vintage and 12 months of barrique, the final result is an austere and important wine with deep tones of black cherry, licorice, anise, tobacco and cedar. It closes after many long minutes with decisive tannins and cooling freshness. Drink after 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Red fruit aromas are lifted by violet and rose petal. Fine-grained and floral, with ripe, plush fruit given definition and lift by harmonious acids. More open today than the Costa Russi, with the sheer sweetness of fruits and flowers to give it great early sex appeal. A beauty. (ST)