Rossj-Bass Chardonnay, Gaja
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- The Gaja family settled in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy in the mid-seventeenth century. Five generations of Gajas have been producing wines in Piedmont's Langhe hills since 1859, the year Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower, founded the Gaja Winery in Barbaresco.
The Langhe hills, with their steep slopes of calcareous clay, are home to the Nebbiolo grape and its long-lived wines of exceptional character: Barbaresco, Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo. For generations, classic Barbaresco and Barolo were made from Nebbiolo grapes from several vineyards. In the 1960s and 1970s, leading winemakers began to vinify Nebbiolo grapes from single vineyards separately.
Today, Gaja produces classic Barbaresco D.O.C.G. and Barolo D.O.C.G. (Dagromis) as well as five single vineyard Nebbiolo wines: Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi (from the Barbaresco district); Sperss and Conteisa (from the Barolo district). Gaja single-vineyard wines carried the Barbaresco or Barolo appellation until the 1995 vintage.
Beginning with the 1996 vintage, all of Gaja's single-vineyard Nebbiolo wines have been labelled Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. The Gajas' conviction that the Langhe terroir can produce outstanding wines is reflected not only in their Nebbiolo-based wines, but also in the wines they produce from non-indigenous varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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