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The May 2021 Auction: Part 1

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Auction Ends: 5/6/2021 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #302. Gaja Gaia & Rey 2013

Description: Consists of 5 Bottles, 0.75L
Region: Italy, Piedmont, Langhe.
Score: 93 WA.
"Fresh, compelling and showing impressive definition, the 2013 Langhe Gaia & Rey is a beautiful creation and a wine that occupies a school of its own, especially considering its context that is so focused on great red wine production. There are creeping similarities that are fun to note. Specifically, I am referring to the mouthfeel of this wine that shows sophistication, richness and a creamy texture. It could drink well with structured foods, pork or spicy beef tartare. The bouquet is plentiful and rich with passion fruit, melon, apricot and toasted almond. The wine is exuberant and generous. Given that I tasted a beautifully preserved 1996 vintage of Gaia & Rey at the same time, I feel confident in suggesting a very long drinking window. My meeting with Angelo and Gaia Gaja revealed a few surprises including a fascinating look at the 1996 Langhe Gaia & Rey Chardonnay tasted from magnum. Gaja's long-time winemaker, Guido Rivella retired last year. He had consulted with the Gaja family since 1970 and today Alessandro Albarello has taken over as winemaker. One subtle change in approach concerns the DOCG Barbaresco. In the past, the wine represented a blend of fruit from 14 vineyards. With the 2012 edition, that number has been taken down to eight instead in an effort to better underline the wine's territorial identity. Gaia Gaja describes this break from tradition as 'a very difficult decision' to make." Wine Advocate #219, Jun 2015
Provenance: The Multitude Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,900

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