The story of this estate’s ascendancy is fascinating, full of passion and innovation. The Gaja name was established in the region in the 1850s when Angelo’s great, great grandfather Giovanni Gaja moved to Piedmont and then set up a tavern in the beautiful village of Barbaresco. Since then 5 generations of the Gaja family have been involved in the winemaking process. Angelo Gaja joined the business in 1961, taking over the reins from his father Giovanni. It was at this point that the greatest changes were made and they have been fundamental. Amongst the key changes and innovations introduced were the exclusive focus on estate grown fruit; the reduction of yields; scientifically analysing the vineyards; separately bottling the vineyard sites to create single vineyard wines; ageing in small barrels made by a local cooperage from wood kept and seasoned at the estate as well as the traditional bottle; planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes alongside the traditional indigenous varieties much to everyone’s horror, not least that of his father.
Costa Russi has a particularly fascinating and intriguing bouquet. Elegant and smooth from its early age,forest fruit, grilled herbs, balsamic notes and woodsmoke, it is a full-bodied wine, with a great tannin structure and length. High ageing potential.
Beautiful with white truffle risotto or roast pheasant.
Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks followed by ageing in oak for 24 months.