1997 Gaja, Langhe, Sperss (RT100) A study in magnificence, Angelo Gaja’s 1997 Sperss has developed in a profound way revealing all the details that place this wine in the hierarchy of world class wines. On day one this showed a sous bois dominated bouquet, but on day two the forest floor had receded allowing the perfectly ripe fruit to shine through. Deeply nuanced notes of black cherry, dried raspberry compote, gently spiced plums, hints of balsam, Christmas spice and white Alba truffles play a symphonic rhapsody. The palate is extraordinarily balanced showing perfection in ripe fruit, magical soft acidity, and supple, sumptuous sweet ripe tannins. Utterly magnificent, hats off to everyone at Gaja who contributed to crafting this benchmark wine. Drink now-2030+