It is hard to go past Gaja for a benchmark for elegance in wine. I was looking forward to opening the 2000 Gaja Barbaresco. Should be good drinking at 14 years.
The wine displays a surprising blue colour. The flavours are complex: there is blueberry, black cherry, boysenberry and mulberry fruit. The fruit is concentrated, but has mellowed a bit, allowing forest berry flavours to develop. This wine is more linear than big, but still offers a very satisfying mouthfeel. There is some mystery and smoky flavours in this wine, which develop on an elegant and balanced frame. There is noticeable acidity on the finish, but this is moved to the background by beautiful dry and dusty tannins and a long finish. Think about this wine as a lady in a long velvet dress with a cigarillo in her hand.