2013 GAJA SITO MORESCO LANGHE NEBBIOLOGaja
Producer: Angelo gaja
Grape: Nebbiolo 35% Merlot 35% Cabernet 30%
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Zone: Langhe DOC
The name Gaja needs no introduction to lovers of Italian wine. Founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja the estate is today run by his great-grandson, Angelo Gaja with his daughters Gaia and Rossana playing a major role in the business. Angelo can take the credit for revolutionising the wine industry in Barbaresco and Barolo. Responsible for the implementation of temperature controlled fermentations, malolactic fermentation, the introduction of international varieties and the use of French barriques. Several estate-owned vineyards provide the grapes for Sito Moresco, among which is the twenty-five-acre Sito Moresco vineyard in Barbaresco. The name means “Moresco’s site” and refers to the former owner of this vineyard. Sito Moresco combines the complexity and longevity of Nebbiolo with the refinement and accessibility of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pheasants are featured on Sito Moresco’s label to commemorate the beautiful birds that inhabit the forests adjacent to GAJA’s vineyards.
Tasting note: A fruity, elegant taste; good balance in the mouth and a fresh fruity finish with very fine, silky tannins. Ideal to drink young but matures well for at least 5-7 years.
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Clay
Production: Each variety is fermented separately on the skins in stainless steel tanks, for two weeks at temperatures of 77°-82°F. The three varieties are then combined to complete the malolactic fermentation. 18 months in barriques followed by at least 6 months of bottle aging.
Alcohol (%) 13.5%