Italy - 2016 - Gaja Barbaresco

  • Region: Italy
  • Vintage: 2016
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Tasting Notes

NEW RELEASE 18.07.2019

2016 is among the best vintages popping up in this century and it has all the potential to be a must-have for Barbaresco lovers.

Climate and harvest

The winter has been mild, with low level of rainfall during the months of January and February. Starting from the end of February 2016 the temperatures finally dropped and stayed low until the end of March. This late winter led to a delay of about 10 days in the bud breaking. The spring has been rainy and mild. During the summer, the temperature growing trend has been steady without any particular heat picks. There has only been a couple of hot weeks in July, with temperatures hovering above the 30° C but never exceeding the 35°C. In particular, the climate trend has been determined by remarkable temperature variations between days and nights during the last part of the growing season.

Tasting notes

Barbaresco 2016 reminds us of 2004 for its elegance and finesse although more powerful. In terms of structure, it is closer to 2001 vintage and with more refined tannins. It is extremely elegant on the nose, a mix of dried flowers. The wine has a good structure mainly thanks to the long and beautiful season; intensity of flavors thanks to the important temperature shifts and the cold harvest time; harmony thanks to the steady and moderate growing seasons.

It is a vintage suitable for a very long aging. It is deep, seriously structured and compact but also very fine and gracious with a rich and complex bouquet, juicy and sweet tannins, and a well-controlled mouthfeel.


14 vineyards situated in the municipality of Barbaresco. The land, at a height between 250 and 330 m above the sea level, covers a surface of 21.4 hectares. The plants are 40 years old on average.