Angelo Gaja and the wines from the GAJA winery hardly need any introduction. The Gaja family settled in Piedmont as early as the middle of the seventeenth century. Since then, 5 generations have alternated in wine production since Giovanni Gaja founded the winery in Barbaresco, in the territory of the Langhe, in 1859.
Angelo Gaja followed his father Giovanni as head of the family enterprise in the early 1960s. At the time blending grapes from different vineyards and villages was the practice in Piedmont. Some wineries may have even used grapes from outside the region. A few winemakers including Angelo Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, Beppe Colla of Prunotto, and Alfredo Currado at Vietti started making wines from a single vineyard.
Under the leadership of Angelo Gaja, the wines of the family-owned winery have proved to be innovative and, at times revolutionary. For most of his life, he has been a visionary man on a mission: To do what it takes to explore ways to improve the quality of his wines.
The proprietary name Promis (pronounced proh-MEESS) was created by the Gaja family to denote commitment, expectation, fulfillment, and hope. The promise of quality and the reward of diligence and excellence. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) which consist primarily of loam and clay. The climate - hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights - is ideal for the grapes grown here. 2017 is a vintage of low quantity and all overall concentration of fruit, structure, and acidity.
The palate is fresh and juicy, with notes of red and black fruits – raspberry, wild strawberry, and mulberry. Creamy, firm tannins. The finish is sapid with a smoky and spicy character. With its notes of rosemary, wild fennel, embers, the 2017 Promis perfectly mirrors the Mediterranean scrubland of which it is surrounded.
Pair this wine with grilled and roasted red meats, pizza, pasta, mature strong cheeses.
Grape Variety: 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese
Alcohol percentage: 14%
Style: Red, Wine