2012 Gaja Chardonnay Rossj Bass Langhe
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
(aged in big casks and barriques, about 10% new; bottled in March): Distinctly cooler on the nose than the 2011, showing a sexy musky quality to the aromas and flavors of lemon, lime and fresh herbs. Juicy, fresh and delicate, and persistent on the finish. I like this.
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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