Sunday 5 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 22 - 1997 Ilusion, Gaja

Opened a mature (?) bottle the other day from Gaja before heading out to dinner in the warm Visby night.
But what is it? What does Ilusion contains? Google comes up short and when posting the image on IG with the same question, I get two answers - Freisa.
Freisa? I am not a big fan of young Freisa (regardless if it is from Mascarello, Vajra or someone else) but apparently if you cellar it for 20 years...

1997 Ilusion, Gaja
I was thinking a blend of Cabernet and Nebbiolo when I sniffed and drank it - the nose is deep, mature and velvety with notes of dried black currants, undergrowth, rosehip and leather. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, warm and finely textured with notes of autumn leaves, dried raspberries, warm tiles and earth. A long, soft yet concentrated finish. Drinking perfectly now.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)

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