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Marsala Superiore Oro Riserva - 1988

Marco De Bartoli

4.20 / 5.0

white still, semi-dry
Marsala DOC, Italy
4800 UAH
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Marco De Bartoli Marsala Superiore Oro Riserva 1988


4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Garage

This Marsala stands out, even amongst the few I've tasted. The allure begins with a pronounced note of fried hazelnut, complemented by hints of fig, orange peel, toffee, and buckwheat honey. It boasts an admirable sweetness that is balanced, never overpowering, and carries with it a freshness that belies its age. Coupled with a good kick of acidity, the wine finishes smoothly, making it truly one of the better Marsala experiences I've had, reminiscent of some top-notch Madeira encounters (looking at you, the bottle that ended prematurely).

Marco De Bartoli

Marco de Bartoli is a name synonymous with innovation and reverence in Sicilian winemaking, particularly noted for reviving the island's traditional and noble wine, Marsala. Born into a family of esteemed Marsala producers, Marco chose a path less traveled in the late 20th century. He focused on quality and traditional methods at a time when Marsala's reputation was dwindling due to industrial production. His dedication led to the establishment of his winery in the 1970s in the western part of Sicily near the historic town of Marsala.

De Bartoli championed the use of the indigenous Grillo grape, insisting on meticulous vineyard management and reduced yields to produce concentrated, flavorful grapes. His methods included the revival of the solera system and aging in oak barrels, enhancing the complexity and depth of his wines. His commitment wasn't limited to Marsala; he also produced outstanding still wines, notably from the Zibibbo grape in the tiny island of Pantelleria.

The estate, now run by Marco's children, continues his legacy of artisanal production and strict adherence to quality. It's a standard bearer for organic farming in the region, ensuring that each bottle reflects the pure expression of the land and its history.

Marco's influence extends beyond his own vineyards. He is widely credited with inspiring a new generation of Sicilian winemakers dedicated to quality and authenticity. His vision and passion redefined Sicilian wine, establishing a legacy of excellence and innovation that endures in the region's wine industry today. His commitment to tradition, combined with a willingness to innovate, has made Marco de Bartoli's name synonymous with the finest wines of Sicily.