Story of the wine:
The Gaja family acquired the first vineyard named Sperss in 1988. The vineyard is located in the commune of Serralunga in the Barolo production zone. The Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. appellation was introduced in 1993. It comprises the hills around Alba and includes the Barolo and Barbaresco production zones First vintage produced: 1988. Until 1995 Sperss carried the Barolo DOCG appellation. Beginning with the 1996 vintage, as with all of Gaja’s single-vineyard wines, it bears the Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. appellation. The only DOCG wine produced by Gaja is the family’s flagship Barbaresco. The Gaja single vineyard philosophy remains the same as it has always been: to express the extraordinary quality potential of each vineyard site in order to produce wines of distinctive personality and unique, inimitable character.
Grape(s): 94% Nebbiolo and 6% Barbera
Area: The vineyard is located in the Marenca-Rivette and enjoys a southwestern exposure. Surface: 12 hectares. The soil is marl, clay and limestone.
Vinification: Vinification: Fermentation with the skins occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature for three weeks.
Ageing: The wine is aged for twelve months in barriques, followed by an
additional eighteen months in large oak casks.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) This wine displays all of the extraordinary character of the terroir of Serralunga: consistency and balance with an excellent fruit component and varietal character; sour cherry, tar, a touch of truffles and licorice. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with impressive weight and richness combined with great purity and complexity.
2) Sperrs is one of Gaja’s most celebrated wines. It displays all of the extraordinary character of the terrior of Serralunga: consistency and balance with an excellent fruit component and varietal character; sour cherry, tar, a touch of truffles and licorice. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with impressive weight and richness combined with great purity and complexity.
Vintage 2011 Bibenda 2016
Vintage 2011 Tre Bicchieri Vini d'Italia Gambero Rosso 2016
Vintage 2005 Score 93 in the Wine Advocate (Parker)
Vintage 2008 Score 94 in the Wine Spectator
Country: Italy Region: Barbaresco - Piemonte Grape: 94% Nebbiolo and 6% Barbera Product code: 2254 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).
Tre Bicchieri is the grand award bestowed upon some of Italy’s best wines, as judged by the tasting team at renowned Gambero Rosso. It is a difficult and meticulous process tasting over 20,000 Italian wines from thousands of producers. Each October, Gambero Rosso publically releases their closely-guarded “secret list” of the best wines of the coming New Year.