2019 Giuseppe Cortese Rabajà Barbaresco DOCG
This family-owned winery is know for producing exquisitely balanced wines from the Barbaresco zone and the ‘Rabaja’ vineyard is known for their chewy, textured, and red fruit flavored Nebbiolo. This wine is Italian through and through. Pizza, pasta, truffles, salami, and all things Italian, this wine is a safe bet!
Organic farming practices, unfiltered, aged for 22 months in Slavonian oak barrels and only 1,400 cases produced annually.
- Tasting Notes plum, raspberries, currants, red roses, violets, game, leather, tobacco
- Variety Nebbiolo
- Region Italy, Piedmont
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 14.5%
- Table Talk While wines from Barolo are known for being more muscular and full-bodied, wines from Barbaresco—while still powerful—tend to show more high-toned aromatics and softer flavor profiles in comparison.
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A Barbaresco native, Giuseppe Cortese began working alongside his father, Giacomo, at a young age. As he became more familiar with his land, Giuseppe began refocusing the family estate’s direction by improving vinification methods and purchasing new land. The estate remains all in the family today, with Giuseppe at the helm of it all.
The Cortese’s winery is located in the small village of Rabajà, located in the prestigious Barbaresco region of Piedmont. Their 20 acres are dedicated mostly to Nebbiolo, with smidges of Dolcetto and Barbera cultivated for good measure. The estate’s vinification style is best described as traditional meets modern, with an emphasis on generations-long know-how on farming the region’s signature Nebbiolo grape. Each lot is farmed and vinified differently, and various sized aging vessels are housed in the family’s cellars. Cortese wines are known for their depth, balance, and sheer elegance, the latter of which only gets better and better with time.
Italy’s best kept treasure. Nebbiolo produces some of the greatest wines in the world, but is hardly planted outside of its home country. Famous to Italy’s Piedmont region, look for these twin stars that are 100% Nebbiolo: Barolo and Barbaresco. This renowned grape produces glorious red wine containing complex flavors with high acid and tannin, allowing these babies (in the right hands) to age for years to come. Grab yourself a bottle, or three, and see for yourself what these wines can do!
Barbaresco is the smaller region within Piemonte with the black grape Nebbiolo as king. These bold beauties can age for decades due to high acid and tannins. With influence from the river, Nebbiolo here can often be fruitier and less perfumed than in Barolo. Barbaresco has a primary designated area, Barbaresco DOCG, where the wines must spend nine months in oak and be aged for two years before release. For higher quality wines you will find a single named vineyard or the word “cru” on the label.