Serralunga. More than a shade deeper than the 2011 Conteisa and more distinctly oaked. Rich and yet lifted with a firm, tannic spine. Long, bold and ageworthy. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker 95
With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, the 2011 Langhe Sperss is a wine of profound beauty. This is a velvety and caressing expression with dark fruit layers followed by kirsch, cassis, leather, balsam herb and white truffle. The Gaja family decided to move their bottling date forward in order to preserve the integrity and freshness of fruit in this warm vintage. This move has helped to avoid overripe sensations. In fact, Langhe Sperss seems fresh and tonic. This bodes exceptionally well for its aging potential.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
A dark, voluptuous beauty, the 2011 Sperss is wonderfully expressive and open today. There is plenty of Serralunga volume and power, but the vintage has given the Sperss softer contours than is typically the case. Lavender, smoke, violets, mint and succulent black cherries blossom through to the inviting, resonant finish. As good as the 2011 is, it also looks to be a relatively early maturing wine by Gaja standards.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2031