Gaja   Barbaresco DOCG

1998 Barbaresco DOCG

By Gaja

The 1998 Barbaresco DOCG from Gaja, Piedmont: An Epochal Vintage

A celestial expression of Nebbiolo, the 1998 Barbaresco DOCG produced by the pioneering house of Gaja is a foundational reference point for fine wines from Italy. Emanating from the historic heart of Piedmont’s esteemed Barbaresco region; every swirl, sniff and sip of this Barbaresco illuminates the nuanced artistry behind Gaja’s iconic winemaking process.


Captivating Complexity: Tasting the 1998 Barbaresco

Unforgettable for its layered complexity and arresting power, this remarkable fine wine paints a vivid picture of the vintage's noteworthy maturity. The cool, damp conditions in Piedmont during 1998 contributed to an extended growing season, allowing Nebbiolo grapes to develop opulent flavours infused with an energetic intensity. Steadfast yet enchanting, this Gaja creation opens with sublime notes of dried currants, spice and balsamic wafting seductively from the glass; a prelude to the delight that is about to unfold on your palate.

Tasting it is like stepping into a Baroque painting – all drama and suspense. Replete with brooding intensity, the wine hums with notes of dark cherries, leather and anise underpinned by firm tannins that lead into a feral finish. Effortlessly balancing power with grace, masculine with feminine complexities, it embodies the essence of high-octane Nebbiolo from a standout year.


An Astute Wine Investment: The 1998 Barbaresco

For wine investors seeking thought-provoking, blue-chip Italian wines that simultaneously offer drinking pleasure and solid investment potential, look no further than the 1998 Barbaresco from Gaja. Its potency coupled with its age-worthy structure make for a compelling argument of its latent potential for further evolution. This, coupled with the lingering influence of Gaja’s reputation as a flagship of Italian fine winemaking, creates a tangible forecast of appreciation over the coming years.

Cherishing and investing in this emblematic vintage is to uphold tradition, relish in extraordinary craftsmanship and predictably foresee high returns. The 1998 Barbaresco DOCG from Gaja is undoubtedly among the stars of top-rank fine wines investment, encapsulating a riveting tryst between nature's generosity and human dexterity.

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The 1998 Barbaresco is a beautiful effort displaying fleshy, oaky, deep black cherry, raspberry, tar, and truffle scents with subtle new oak in the background. Dense, voluptuously-textured, and full-bodied, with gorgeous overall symmetry, and beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol, and wood, it will drink well for 15 or more years. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-89000

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2001

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