Vinous: 91 points
Tobacco, dried flowers, mint, leather and spices waft from the glass in the 2008 Barbaresco Gaiun. Soft, delicate and open, the 2008 is already drinking well. This medium-bodied Barbaresco shows lovely complexity and length, but a little less depth and nuance than it did last year. It's hard to say if the 2008 is just in a stubborn phase or maturing at a faster pace than expected, but today the elements don't seem to fully come together.