2017 Gaja Alteni Di Brassica Sauvignon Blanc Piedmont
Winemaker Notes: Alteni di Brassica combines the classic herbaceous and aromatic qualities of the grape variety with the elegance and refinement of the GAJA style. Pheasants are featured on Alteni di Brassica's label to commemorate the beautiful birds that inhabit the forests adjacent to GAJA's vineyards. The color is golden and the wine opens with intense spicy notes of sage, white pepper and sweet licorice. Then, it evolves into its fruitier character with ripe notes of citron, lemon peel, grapefruit, pear and nectarine. On the palate, 2017 Alteni di Brassica is bright with tropical fruit flavors such as mango and papaya. The vibrant acidity provides and intensely fragrant, refreshing and rich Sauvignon Blanc.
Vinous - "Gaja’s 2017 Alteni di Brassica (Sauvignon) is bright, crisp and also wonderfully nuanced, with lovely textural depth that gives the wine its classy personality. Green orchard fruit, mint, sage and white flowers all grace an expressive Sauvignon that is varietally expressive, without veering either into the realm of the vegetal or the excessively rich. In other words, it is a wine with terrific balance and plenty of class."
Robert Parker - "The 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica (a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc) offers tonic freshness, zesty citrus, white peach and crushed oyster shell. The harvest came early in this hot growing season with the grapes coming off the vines as early as August 17th. That early picking date served to keep the aromas fresh and the fruit crunchy. Gaia Gaja tells me that the fruit was super concentrated in this vintage, and the clusters were so small she called them "bonsai grapes." In addition to the concentrated aromas, the wine also shows a level of freshness that comes as a very pleasant surprise. Evidently, the acidity was also concentrated into those tiny berries."
Wine & Spirits - "Scents of lemongrass and chamomile highlight this sauvignon blanc flavors of kiwi and grapefruit. The juicy fruit is balanced by notes of manuka honey and pleasantly bitter lime zest."
Jeb Dunnuck - "First released in 1983 (as was the Gaia & Ray Chardonnay), the 2017 Langhe Alteni di Brassica is a mineral-driven, bright, and juicy expression of Sauvignon Blanc that offers terrific notes of crushed citrus, green herbs, lime, and subtle hints of tart pineapple. With bright acidity, medium body, and terrific balance, it’s an incredibly classy Sauvignon Blanc that’s terrific today, yet I suspect will age gracefully for at least 5-7 years if you’re so inclined."
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