Gaja   Costa Russi

1998 Costa Russi

By Gaja

1998 Costa Russi by Gaja, Piedmont, Italy

Today I bring to you an enticing escapade into the captivating world of Italian fine wines. We set our sights on the northwestern region of Piedmont, nestled at the foot of the Alps, where Nebbiolo, one of Italy's most respected and age-worthy grape varieties, holds sway. For my experienced and discerning audience of wine connoisseurs and investors, I present to you the 1998 Costa Russi from Gaja.


Finding its footing in a challenging vintage

The year of 1998 was a challenging vintage in Piedmont after a dramatic fluctuation in weather events including a late budding season, an extraordinarily hot July, followed by cooler temperatures. Despite these climatic hurdles, Gaja’s dedication to precision viticulture resulted in an exceptional release – the 1998 Costa Russi.

Gaja's unwavering commitment to quality pairs wonderfully with Nebbiolo's genetic predisposition to thrive under stress. The balance between these two powerhouses in 1998 birthed a bold yet refined wine endowed with exquisite charm and longevity.


Immaculate investment quality

Delving into the nitty-gritty elements that distinguish this specific release; the 1998 Costa Russi from Gaja exhibits an impressively concentrated bouquet of ripe cherries and currants seamlessly interweaved with characteristic Piedmontese truffle nuances. Lush tannins clutch onto finely etched details on the palate-hopscotching from vibrant fruit flavours to subtle spicy undercurrents. Evidently, this vivid tapestry of flavours grants it not just luxurious drinkability but also immense growth potential - a critical factor for fine wine investors.


Piedmont exceptionalism personified

While the allure of enjoying the 1998 Costa Russi from Gaja as a sensory indulgence is undeniable, let's not overlook its inherent investment potential. Piedmont wines are increasingly catching the discerning eye of investors who comprehend the growth opportunity that these remarkable wines represent.

The 1998 Costa Russi exhibits a beautiful paradox as it resonates power and intensity without compromising on elegance and refinement. Engrossing and age-worthy, this charming fine wine weaves a captivating narrative for every investor who values excellence and the exquisite aplomb of Italy's stellar vintages.

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The dark ruby/purple-colored, supple-texture 1998 Costa Russi possesses sweet, jammy raspberry and cherry fruit, medium to full body, gorgeous glycerin, low acidity, and a lightly tannic finish. Although large-sized, it has good finesse as well as beautifully pure fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-89000

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2001

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