The 2005 Conteisa is soft, floral and accessible in its perfumed red fruits. This is an especially supple and easygoing Conteisa that looks to be relatively early maturing. Although the 2005 doesn’t have the complexity or structure of the finest vintages, it compensates for that with lovely balance and a long, polished finish. Conteisa is made from vines in the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Angelo Gaja’s 2005s from the Barolo zone don’t match the level of his wines from Barbaresco, which are far more harmonious and complete in this vintage. Although Gaja is one of Italy’s most consistent producers, these wines prove that, despite his considerable gifts, he is human. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate # 182.