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Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo
gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo
Gaja Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo
[gah-yah soh-(l)ree sahn lo-(l)rehn-zo]

Sorì San Lorenzo—Angelo Gaja’s first cru Barbaresco—marks the inception of Gaja’s pioneering efforts to elicit the latent potential and character of the Nebbiolo grape by vinifying and promoting single-vineyard Barbaresco.

Sorì San Lorenzo was first vinified in 1967, and then released in 1970 along with Gaja's second cru —Sorì Tilden. Sorì San Lorenzo holds special favor with the winemaker not only because it was his first single-vineyard Barbaresco, but also because he feels the land consistently rewards him with quality wine—even in mediocre vintages. In fact, a book was even dedicated to the eminence of the Sorì San Lorenzo plot—The Vines of San Lorenzo by Edward Steinberg, published by Slow Food in 1996.

The word Sorì means a hilltop with a southern exposure, and San Lorenzo is the patron saint of Alba (the source and inspiration for the wine’s name). Angelo’s father, Giovanni Gaja, believed the fruit from this plot represented the best Barbaresco had to offer, and had acquired grapes from this vineyard long before Angelo actually purchased the land from the church in 1964. Of the estate’s three single-vineyard Barbaresco, the Sorì San Lorenzo is the sentimental favorite of Angelo and his winemaker, Guido Rivella.

It was among the first wines in the Langhe to be vinified and promoted as a single-vineyard cru. It is also the most concentrated and powerful the Gaja’s three single-vineyard Barbaresco. Unlike Gaja’s other cru Barbaresco—of which fruit is sourced from the vineyards of Roncagliette—Nebbiolo for Sorì San Lorenzo is sourced from the Secondine Vineyard which imparts the wine with more potent tannins, rendering it considerably more austere in its youth. Sorì San Lorenzo is set in calcareous clay soil on south facing slopes on the southeastern edge of the Barbaresco area. Fermentation typically lasts 15-20 days. The wine is then placed in barrique for malolactic fermentation and remains there for a year before spending another year aging in large casks.

Powerful and austere, the Sorì San Lorenzo demands time to fully realize its potential. From the 1996 vintage on, Sorì San Lorenzo has been classified as Langhe DOC and not listed as Barbaresco DOCG due to the addition of Barbera.
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Wine: Barbaresco
Producer: Gaja
Varietal(s): Nebbiolo, with small percentage of Barbera Region: Piemonte
Province: Cuneo
Vineyard(s): Sorì San Lorenzo (Secondine)
Altitude: 260 meters
Exposure: Southeast
Classification: Langhe DOC
First Year: 1970
Bottle Production: 12,000 bottles from choice vintages

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