Gaja’s Sorì San Lorenzo is made from old vines on steep, south facing slopes with poor soils composed of clayey-calcerous marls. It is the most powerful of the single vineyard Barbarescos with the capacity to age for 40 years or more. The 2014 follows very much in this style with intense deep cherry and dark berry aromas with notes of blueberry, wild herbs and Mediterranean spices. The palate is intensely rich and refreshing with compact dark fruits and seamless tannins. An elegant mineral character and hints of black chocolate with a spicy, cedar note on the finish give superb depth and great definition. This is a very impressive and multi-layered wine which will need some time in bottle before drinking.
Reviews & Scores
The 2014 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo is the most virile and explosive of Gaja's Barbarescos. Dark, brooding and powerful, with a huge spine of tannin, the San Lorenzo is utterly regal in the glass. Gravel, smoke, menthol, tar, licorice and a host of sepia-toned fruits build into a crescendo of aromas and flavors that is truly compelling. What a gorgeous wine this is.
97 Points, Antonio Galloni
This is closed at first – indeed it's just a baby – but soon opens up with some air to display wild strawberries, red cherries, cedar and nutmeg. The palate is full but very tight and refined, showing firm, grippy tannins that need time, driven acidity and a long, minerally finish. Better in 2020.
95 Points, James Suckling
Earthy notes lead off, followed by cherry, plum, graphite and tobacco flavors. Starts out broad and muscular, with a thick layer of tannins...
for support, yet gains elegance with aeration. A tad austere on the finish, but stays vibrant and long. Best from 2021 through 2036.
95 Points, Wine Spectator
Refined scents, with the wood playing a slightly more prominent role here than in the other wines, but with plenty of fruited aromatic upholstery to support it. On the palate, this is the only wine of the quartet where the red fruits begin to shade into black in this vintage – though they retain a chic briskness, with ample energy and lift. Spice, incense and refined, chiselled, palpable tannins complete the picture.
95 Points, Andrew Jefford, Decanter
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