Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gaja Sito Moresco

I encourage every serious wine drinker to at least drink one bottle of Gaja wine, in particular those based in Australia. This is to experience an exceptional level of elegance, which these wines stand for, to me. The Sito Moresco is a more affordable wine, and therefore a prime candidate.

Gaja has always defied the strict Italian regulations (the only thing strict in Italy?) and enjoyed experimenting with different blends. Sito Moresco is a mature vineyard in the village of Barbaresco and the wine a blend of 1/3 Nebbiolo, 1/3 Merlot and 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon. As such the wine has aspects of 'modern international' as well as traditional Piedmont flavours.

The 2007 Gaja Sito Moresco is a wine where the tannic and acidic aspects of the Nebbiolo feature strongly, but the Bordeaux grapes add fruit flavour and drinkability at a younger age. The flavour is predominantly cherry, I find, and the wine is very harmoniously structured. It would benefit from some more age and softening, but unfortunately the fruit intensity may not be enough to go the distance.

This wine would not be everybody's cup of tea, but I recommend it to experience the elegance in the wine, seldom found at this price point. Also, it is very food friendy and will cut through wagyu beef with no trouble at all
Score: 91/+

1 comment:

Sean Mitchell said...

I am with you on Gaja's wines. A beacon of reliability and frankly wines that generally outperform.