1989 Gaja "Sperss" Barolo
The 1989 Barolo Sperss is wonderfully complete and polished, as layers of seamless, ripe fruit emerge from its powerful frame with tons of class. The wine reveals stunning elegance and purity wrapped around a powerful core of Serralunga fruit that speaks volumes of the greatness of this terroir. The 1989 Sperss can be enjoyed today as the tannins are incredibly finessed, but it also looks to have many years of profound drinking ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. (AG)
*#2 on the Top 100 Wines of 1993* Complex and fascinating, offering all sorts of floral, earthy overtones to the solid core of black cherry, blackberry and anise flavors. An intense wine that shows many facets, including a welcome whiff of vanilla and toast on the aftertaste.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1989 Barolo Sperss gives the impression of being more evolved, softer, and fatter than the single vineyard Barbarescos. Although there appears to be more depth of fruit, and the nose is more expressive, sweeter, and flamboyant, a thorough examination of the wine reveals considerable tannin. Nevertheless, the rich, ripe, broad, expansive fruit, full-bodied, chewy texture, and soft acids make for a decadently rich, complex, compelling bottle of Barolo... Admirers of great wine will no doubt be debating the merits of Gaja's 1989s and 1990s for the next two or three decades. (RP)
Sperss is a local word for nostalgia, we were told by Angelo. ‘My grandfather did sometimes buy Barolo grapes, including grapes from this vineyard, because they were so much easier to sell than Barbaresco.’ This Serralunga vineyard bought in 1988 was the Gajas' first foray into vine ownership in neighbouring Barolo and this was the historic first vintage. Much richer, riper and dustier than the Conteisa 1996 – even more concentrated. Fine tannins and wonderfully powerfully earthy. Great to drink now. Heady – a bouquet to lose yourself in. (18/20 points)