2001 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Sperss is the alter ego to the Conteisa. It is a decidedly powerful, virile wine with plenty of Serralunga muscle in its powerful, brooding personality. Tobacco, mint, crushed flowers, licorice and leather are some of the notes that add complexity and depth to the dark fruit. Layers of flavor build to the explosive finish. Readers will have to be patient with the Sperss. All it needs is time. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated red. Very rich aromas of plum, redcurrant, menthol, graphite and nutty oak, along with a cool minerality. Wonderfully rich, layered and deep; lush and suave but with energy and spine. Really packed with berry, spice, earth and mineral flavors. Finishes dense, broad and very long, with a touch of austerity. (ST)
Lots of spice, with black pepper and leather notes leading the way, followed by a core of plum, black cherry and earth flavors. Structured for the long haul, it's dense and firm right now, but you can sense the enormous potential.
Superclean, with raspberry, plum and cedar aromas and flavors. Just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very fine indeed. Stylish. (JS)