Robert Parker 94
“It’s hard not to love the 2016 Langhe Gaia & Rey. The winemaking approach has been tweaked to allow for less malolactic fermentation. Before, up to 60% or 70% of the mass completed malolactic fermentation, but with this vintage, that number has been reduced to about 20%. Indeed, the acidity is bright, forward and elegantly unmasked. This is a sharp and tonic white wine that delivers a firm grasp on the palate. The flavor profile includes citrus, honeydew melon and salty mineral nuances derived from limestone-rich soils.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
The 2016 Gaia & Rey is a gorgeous Chardonnay built on persistence, energy and class. Orchard fruit, citrus, almond and floral notes give the 2016 striking vibrancy. The 2016 needs time to open up, but its persistence and balance are both admirable. Partial blocking of the malolactic fermentation adds to the wine freshness and drive. This is very nicely done.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2026