In a nutshell: An exemplary Barolo from one of the most sought after producers.
The lowdown: Intensely aromatic it oozes ripe red and black fruits, wild herbs, rose petal, tar and truffle on the nose. On the palate it's confidently bold and complex with rich youthful fruit and masses of spice, herbs and floral flavours. The vibrant, clean acidity and robust tannins you'd expect from a young Barolo give it real power and elegance.
When to drink: It's also built to age gracefully for at least a decade to come.
Possibly Italy's most renowned wine personality with an impact on that country's wine industry that can hardly be overestimated Angelo Gaja took the reins of his family's estate, north east of the Piedmontese town of Alba back in 1970.
On taking control he replanted many of the vineyards and controversially introduced varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay on to land previously the domain of Nebbiolo and other indigenous varieties. His heresy, however, has paid off handsomely over the years to the point where he's now considered virtual royalty of the Italian wine industry.
In the 1990s they expanded out of their Piedmontese base with the purchase of the Pieve di Santa Restitua estate in Montalcino where their first Brunello di Montalcino was made in 1993. And more recently, in 1996, the Ca' Marcanda estate also in Tuscany has been added to the fold. Here the priority is on 'Super Tuscans' based on international grape varieties.
As he approaches retirement and while still remaining fully involved in operations his daughters, Gaia and Rossana and son Giovanni are slowly taking on the mantle of responsibility.