Italian Collector Wines

Italian Collector Wines

Italian Collector Wines

Aside from France, Italy is considered by many to be Europe’s finest country when it comes to winemaking culture. In the past, really amazing vintages weren’t very common, with years like 1964, 1971 and 1978 helping put Piedmont on the map, and vintages like 1955 and 1975 resonating outwards from Tuscany. However, Italy has been getting more and more consistent since about 1990, thanks to considerable advancements in how they treat their grapes and subtle climate changes. Today, Italy is a veritable viticultural titan, and their wines regularly take top spots in various tastings. Naturally, this means collectors are constantly paying attention nowadays, making certain blends tough to obtain.

You have many options to choose from if you wish to snag a handful of bottles for your collection. For example, a bottle of 1999 Barolo is fit for consumption, as it’s (arguably) only now reaching its peak. If you wish to sit on it, this wine has enough longevity to develop and bloom during the next 7-10 years. The intense aroma can steal your heart in a moment’s notice, and one sip is enough to inspire untold romantic poetry. Alternatively, you may opt for a 2004 Bolgheri, which is as close as you can get to an objectively perfect wine – complex, ripe, satisfying, it grips you by the tongue and refuses to let go. Not a vintage to miss out on, and its sheer aging potential makes it a viable drink until late 2024.

We want to make it easier for you to wrap your lips around delicious, compelling wines such as these. Italy is versatile enough to provide several options no matter what your preference may be, and you can easily become the life of the party just by busting out one of these groundbreaking works of art at a social event, especially big celebrations. Leave no one unsatisfied with Italy’s finest collectibles.
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  1. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,705.00
  2. 1996 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    1996 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    98
    AG
    Gaja's 1996 Sorì San Lorenzo is epic. A huge, towering wine, the 1996 Sorì San Lorenzo wraps around the palate with magnificent depth, power and intensity. Smoke, cha..." Learn More
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    As low as $570.00
  3. 1996 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    1996 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    97
    AG
    The 1996 Sperss is arguably the most backward of these 1996s from Gaja. Still very young and tightly wound, the 1996 is going to need at least a few years to truly blossom. Even so..." Learn More
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    As low as $485.00
  4. 1997 albino rocca barbaresco vigneto brich ronchi Barbaresco
    1997 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi
    97
    RP
    This is a spectacular Barbaresco. It is awesomely thick, rich, and textured, with unreal opulence as well as glycerin levels that define the finest offerings from the 1997 vintage...." Learn More
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    As low as $125.00
  5. 1997 castellare i sodi di san niccolo Bordeaux Red
    1997 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo
    97
    AG
    The 1997 I Sodi di San Niccolo is wonderfully elegant, pure and silky. It remains very young, but is so polished that opening a bottle today is far from a crime. Dark red cherries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  6. 1997 castello rampolla sammarco Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Castello Rampolla Sammarco
    97
    JS
    What a bottle. Off the charts! Full and velvety with spice and berry character and dark chocolate. Bright citrus acidity underneath. Intense. Wild fruit.James Suckling | 97 JSRich ..." Learn More
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    As low as $145.00
  7. 1997 gaja barbaresco costa russi Barbaresco
    1997 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi
    97
    WS
    I love the mineral, berry and raspberry aromas, with a light mint undertone. Full-bodied, round and unctuous, with fine tannins and a long, ripe fruit aftertaste. Firm and tight. F..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  8. 1997 gaja barolo conteisa Barolo
    1997 Gaja Barolo Conteisa
    98
    RP
    The 1997 Conteisa offers classic aromas of licorice, melted tar, black cherries, wet stones, and tobacco. It is a full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine of remarkable density and th..." Learn More
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    As low as $459.00
  9. 1997 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    1997 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    99
    RP
    A virtually perfect effort is the 1997 Sperss (30,000 bottles), which represents the essence of truffles, earth, and black cherries in its striking aromatics and multidimensional, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $649.00
  10. 1997 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Ornellaia
    97
    JS
    Fruit and complexity as well as freshness and richness. Beautiful nose with extraordinary aromas of prunes, licorice, and dried flowers with rosemary undertones. Full-bodied and ve..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,160.00
  11. 1997 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    JS
    This is the first legendary Masseto. It shows a tangy and exciting character on the palate with dried berry and strawberry character. Fabulous and energetic acidity with firm tanni..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,175.00
  12. 1998 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1998 Ornellaia
    99
    DEC
    1998 is most likely the best vintage ever for Ornellaia. Petit Verdot was not yet used in the blend. Evolved bramble fruits meld with forest floor, helichrysum and Mediterranean he..." Learn More
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    As low as $320.00
  13. 1999 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    1999 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    JS
    This is full throttle style with loads of black chocolate and dark fruits on the nose and the palate. Minerally, gun powder undertone. It's very full and powerful with super pretty..." Learn More
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    As low as $570.00
  14. 1999 giacomo conterno barolo monfortino riserva Barolo
    1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva
    99
    AG
    The 1999 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is simply epic, as it always has been. A Barolo of statuesque, profound beauty, the 1999 very clearly belongs among the greatest Monfortinos ever..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,910.00
  15. 1999 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    98
    RP
    The awesome, saturated purple-colored 1999 Messorio is a 100% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak prior to being bottled without filtration. The alcohol is a lofty 14.6% and the dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  16. 1999 montevertine pergole torte Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Montevertine Pergole Torte
    97
    DEC
    (Montevertine, Le Pergole Torte, Toscana, Tuscany, Italy, Red) 1999 was the final vintage of Sergio Manetti, who died in 2000. Today this bottle seems to be proof of his will to pr..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  17. 1999 roberto voerzio barolo sarmassa di barolo Barolo
    1999 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo
    94+
    VM
    (bottled entirely in magnums) Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry, minerals, dried rose, bitter chocolate and roasted oak, complicated by tangy spices and hints of..." Learn More
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    As low as $545.00
  18. 2000 gaja barbaresco costa russi Barbaresco
    2000 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi
    100
    WS
    Fabulous aromas of rose petals and cherries with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an incredible finish. This is so fine and so long. A real beauty that..." Learn More
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    As low as $459.00
  19. 2000 paolo scavino barolo bric del fiasc Barolo
    2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
    98
    WS
    Very, very ripe fruit, with strawberries and plums galore. Turns to Indian spices and cedar. Full-bodied, with an exquisite palate of ultraripe tannins that turn to velvet. Long, l..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $775.00
  20. 2001 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2001 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    97
    AG
    The 2001 Amarone is on another level entirely. It exudes notable warmth and ripeness, with profound layers of Venezuelan bitter chocolate, herbs, licorice, smoke, dark fruit and to..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  21. 2001 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    97
    AG
    Amazingly, the 2001 Messorio (100% Merlot) reached an even higher level of profoundness. Blessed with a super-finessed nose and layers of dark, jammy, plum, mineral and toasted oak..." Learn More
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    As low as $320.00
  22. 2004 bruno giacosa barbaresco rabaja Barbaresco
    2004 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja
    98
    AG
    The 2004 Barbaresco Rabajà is a total head-turner. In this tasting, its only competition is the Asili Red Label. Even so, the Rabajà is an absolutely captivating, viv..." Learn More
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    As low as $449.00
  23. 2004 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2004 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    98
    AG
    The 2004 Sorì San Lorenzo is incredibly sensual and layered in this vintage, almost uncharacteristically so. With time in the glass, some of the more typical brooding notes ..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  24. 2004 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    2004 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    97
    AG
    One of the biggest surprises in this tasting, the 2004 Sorì Tildìn comes across as imposing and massively structured, with shades of pure power that are more typical ..." Learn More
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    As low as $525.00
  25. 2004 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2004 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    99
    WS
    Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints o..." Learn More
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    As low as $475.00
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