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1998 Nebbiolo

1998 Nebbiolo Wine Details

Description: The King of Wine in Italy is Barolo. It is long lived, a magnificent wine that ages to silky rose petals. It is made from Nebbiolo grapes. It is rare to make a really fine Nebbiolo, and this is one of our very best. It is delicate cherry with enough tannin to let you know it is serious. With this balance of fruit and tannin it is set to age another 5 years to reach the rose petal stage. We have had an excellent 30-year-old Barolo that few wines could match. But that is an investment in the future. If you can put wine away and forget about it, this is the variety to try. The wines are unforgettable. Right now, however, it is absolutely the best wine to pair with lamb chops braised in the mirepoix with rosemary. Some wines just reach out and tell you, "This is it!" This is one of those pairings. If you recoil from lamb, find a better source of meat. It can be delicate and wonderful, just like the wine.

Varietal Definition
The red grape of Barolo and Barbaresco from the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy. Named after the word 'nebbia', or fog in Italian, which rises around the hills of Alba, the famous truffle countryside. It is noted for its high acidity and 'mouth puckering' tannins and its distinct bouquet of black cherries, liquorice and leather. A top Barolo will take years to soften but when mature will evolve the vegetal, gamy characteristics for which this Italian classic is famous. The colour on ageing Nebbiolo wines fades rapidly to form a distinctive brownish rim.


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