Best Of The Best 2006: Nothing But Nebbiolo

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Angelo Gaja became a legendary figure in Piedmontese winemaking for introducing to the region such innovations as crop thinning and barrique aging. His great single-vineyard wines from both Barbaresco and Barolo are now bottled with only a broad Langhe appellation, allowing him to add a defiant smidgen of Barbera. However, Gaja Barbaresco remains 100 percent Nebbiolo and is aged 12 months in barriques and 12 months in large oak casks. A stunning effort, the Gaja 2001 Barbaresco is ripe and full of red- and black-fruit complexity. Although it is tempting to uncork it now, this is a wine that you should lay down for a few years.

Paterno Wines International
($190)
www.paternowines.com

Photo by Mark French
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