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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Marchesi di Barolo Barolo 1998
Marchesi di Barolo Barolo 1998
(search item no. 80759)

PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep ruby red with orange highlights.

Bouquet: Intense rose bouquet with scents of licorice and spice.

Taste: Full-bodied, dry and elegant.

Grape Varieties: 100% Nebbiolo

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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.