Gaja   Sori San Lorenzo

1998 Sori San Lorenzo

By Gaja

1998 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja, Piedmont, Italy

From the rolling hills of Piedmont, one Italy's most storied wine-producing regions, comes an unmatched vintage – the 1998 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja. A fine wine investment of extraordinary magnetism, Gaja's '98 Sorì San Lorenzo sets a new standard for Italian Barbarescos.


A Vintage Like No Other

The climatic idiosyncrasies of 1998 blessed the Piedmont region with near-perfect growing conditions. A balmy summer gave way to an Indian summer, allowing the Nebbiolo grapes to reach full maturation. The result: a glassful of opulent flavours and aromas that mirror the richness of the ripening season.

This climatic bounty is faithfully reflected in Gaja's 1998 Sorì San Lorenzo. It presents a medley of dark fruit preserved by the lingering warmth of late summer days, accented by notes of bitter chocolate and licorice. Such explorative redolence is not easily replicated by other vintages.


An Investment-Grade Cru

The 1998 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja stands tall among wine investment circles for its enduring elegance. Its earthy undertones and well-integrated tannic structure suggest a wine developed thoughtfully over time - a testament to Gaja's tireless viticultural artistry.


Maturity Meets Nobility

The wine's power comes not from bombast but parity – this is Nebbiolo at its most confident and calm. Nuances of tar, antique wood, and ripe cherry unwind gracefully on the palate, yielding the depth only time can afford.

Lauded as one of the finest wines from Italy, this sublime expression of Nebbiolo is a result of the perfect harmony between nature and viticultural skill.

Investing in a 1998 Sorì San Lorenzo from Gaja is an enrichment on all levels. To drink it is an honour; to hold it, a point of pride for any connoisseur. Therein embodies the discerner's paradox: which to choose - the celebration of maturity today or the joy of anticipation tomorrow?

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The multi-faceted 1998 Sori San Lorenzo offers up notes of lead pencil, smoke, tobacco, tar, rose petals, black fruits, and espresso. Already incredibly expressive, soft, sexy, and voluptuous, jammy fruits infused with toasty oak cascade over the palate. This easily understood, seamless, pure, classic 1998 should drink well for 20-25 years. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-89000

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2001

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