1998 Franco Martinetti, Monferrato Rosso Sulbric, Piedmont

Press and Tasting Notes

The 1998 Sulbric is a Piedmont blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Barbera (40%). If ever there were a "Super Piedmont" that's ready to drink now, this is it. A rich nose of violet, spice and minimal oak leads way to a savory palate of black cherry, coffee bean and velvety tannins. Smooth integrated acidity is a function of nearly 15 years of ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured January 14, 2013

THE REVIEW

From the cool, dark cellar of Franco Martinetti within the hills of Piedmont comes the recent release of the 1998 Sulbric. Nearly 15 years ago, a love-match between Martinetti's old vine Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon was formed.
     We recently tasted through a vertical of the 1998, 1999, 2007 and 2008 vintages and were captivated by the elegance of the 1998. Simply put, the 1998 typifies what a sophisticated wine with age becomes: smooth, velvety, broad yet balanced, has vibrant acidity, throws of old-world aromas, and displays garnet hues on the edge. Quite frankly, this is a wine you will not put down.
    The 1998 Sulbric is a Super Piedmont blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Barbera (40%). This 15 year old Italian gem is ready to drink now.It boasts a rich nose of violet and spice. Minimal oak leads way to a savory palate of black cherry, coffee bean and velvety tannins. Rarely do you see a wine with such age that still boasts balanced acidity and structure.
    This ethereal red is ready to enjoy now and over the next five years. We highly recommend pairing it with cured meats, hard cheeses and wild boar ragu with fresh pasta. Enjoy!Read More »

Region

Piedmont

In northern Italy, Piedmont is home to a number of grape varietals.  Among them is the "noble grape" Nebbiolo.  Grown in several sub-regions, the most popular Nebbiolos hail from Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Gattinara and ... Read More »