2011 Sori San Lorenzo Angelo Gaja



With 97+ points with Antonio Galloni and only a tiny amount ever made, Angelo Gaja's Sori San Lorenzo 2011 is a wine deserving of a place in any cellar.

 

Gaja is one of the world’s great winemakers and Sori San Lorenzo is, to quote Galloni, “one of the truly iconic wines in Piedmont and Italy”. At 97+ points, the 2011 is true to spectacular form.

 

Such is the prestige of Gaja that demand always far outstrips supply and with the vineyard of Sori San Lorenzo, in the words of Galloni: “one of the world's most profound vineyards”, the 2011 a very compelling proposition.

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Average critic rating : 97.0 points

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The 2011 Sorì San Lorenzo boasts massive depth, intensity and power. Black fruit, smoke, tar, licorice, savory herbs and leather are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. Regardless of the year, the personality of Sorì San Lorenzo always comes through, which is why this is one of the great sites in Barbaresco, Piedmont and Italy. In 2011 the contours are a bit softer, which gives the wine a level of accessibility that is quite rare in Sorì San Lorenzos when the wines are young. Why is Sorì San Lorenzo one of the world's most profound vineyards? Because its personality simply can't be denied. (Nov 2014), www.vinous.com, Drink 2021-2041

The wines of Angelo Gaja have been at the forefront of Piedmont for many years. An ancient family domaine established in the 1850s, the business was revolutionised by Angelo when he joined in 1961, bringing methods and a philosophy that were decades ahead of their time.

Taking full control of the family business in 1970, Gaja has been a pioneer ever since, and his Barbarescos are the famous wines of the region. Indeed you could say that Gaja put Barbaresco on the map.

More of a modernist than many of his neighbours, Gaja’s wines are polished, pure and precise. In youth they can often be inpenetrably faultless; with age they are peerless. The single vineyard wines – Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo cannot be called Barbaresco despite their vineyard sites: a dash of Barbera in these wines, which adds just a touch of plumpness to the Nebbiolo, breaks just one of the numerous rules imposed on the winemakers of Piedmont that Mr Gaja views as an impediment to making his extraordinary wines.

A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja cannot be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. Robert Parker



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