Story of the wine:
The Rossj vineyard, planted in 1984 is named for Angelo and Lucia Gaja’s younger daughter, Rossana. Bass is the traditional name for the vineyard used for this wine. It was a major departure for a Piemonte winery to produce top flight white wines from International grapes. But that did not stop Angelo Gaja from breaking the mould. The first vintage was in 1988.
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Area: The 2 ha vineyard called Rossj is in the Bricco area of Barbaresco and has a thin, calcareous clay soil. The five-acre Bass vineyard, also planted in 1984, lies at an altitude of 850 feet above sea level in the Pozzo area of the village of Barbaresco. The soil is richer and less compact than that of the Rossj vineyard.
Age of Vines: Vineyard planted in 1984
Vinification: Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 61° - 68° F for approximately four weeks. The wine is then aged in barriques for six to seven months, during which time it completes malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: The wine is then aged in barriques for six to seven months in slightly used barriques, during which time it completes malolactic fermentation.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) Fine perfume of citrus fruits and flowers, with a hint of honey; considerable depth. Very elegant body, definite character and good acidity; a fresh, lingering finish.
2) One of Italy’s most famous white wines made by its most iconic producer. Fine perfume of citrus fruits and flowers, with a hint of honey; considerable depth. Very elegant body, definite character and good acidity; a fresh, lingering finish.
Vintage 2007 Score 92 in the Wine Spectator
Vintage 2008 Score 92 in the Wine Spectator
Country: Italy Region: Barbaresco - Piemonte Grape: 100% Chardonnay Product code: 2250 Pack size: 6x75cl
The Gaja family settled in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy in the mid-seventeenth century. Four generations of Gajas have been producing wines in Piedmont's Langhe hills since 1859, the year Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower, established the Gaja winery in Barbaresco. Over the years, the Gajas acquired some of the finest vineyards in the Langhe. Today, The Gaja winery owns 250 acres of vineyards in the Barbaresco district (Barbaresco and Treiso villages) and the Barolo district (Serralunga d'Alba and La Morra villages).