Rating 93Drink Date 2019 - 2030Reviewed by Monica LarnerIssue Date 28th Jun 2019Source Issue 243 End of June 2019, The Wine AdvocateThis wine was first made in 1983, and back then, no malolactic fermentation occurred. Jump forward in time to the 2017 Langhe Gaia Rey, and this is another vintage in which malo did not start. Partial malolactic returns in 2018. Since those first years of production, the oak usage has also been tweaked, now with less barrique in favor of more botte grande. Thanks to these changes, the aromatic profile of this wine veers toward citrus and rich tropical fruit, especially in a warm vintage such as this. However counterintuitive, this edition also shows a very bright and precise touch of acidity that serves to give the wine balanced and mouth-cleansing salinity.