Good deep medium red. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, mocha, licorice and dried flowers. Dense and chewy with extract; compelling, sweet flavors of currant and licorice. Tannins are sweeter than those of the ’99 Barbaresco. Finishes with a suggestion of nutty oak.
Robert Parker 91
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
Anticipated maturity: 2001-2016
Half bottle. Immediate hit of Nebbiolo on the nose. Palate shows more evolution, with some milk chocolate/malty notes. Hints of barbequed banana (similar to his Langhe Conteisa 1997). The tannin is characteristic yet very stage-managed – a modern interpretation. But not a grand, complex bottle. (AH)
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015