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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

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.
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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 »