The 1998 Barolo Vigneto Arborina is a great example of the year. Soft, open-knit and beautifully textured in the glass, the 1998 is a wine that stands out for its sense of proportion and overall harmony. Everything is in the right place. The sweet, perfumed finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. I was not a huge fan of the 1998 when it was first released, but over the last few years it has really grown on me. This is pure finesse.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
Robert Parker 91-93
The 1998 Barolo Arborina boasts a glorious perfume of overripe black cherries intertwined with Asian spices, new oak, and flowers. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, superbly balanced and seamless, with fabulous fruit, good underlying tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it can be drunk now and over the next 15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2001-2016