The story of the winery is the story of a family that has been protecting and enhancing Barbaresco since 1971. The family winegrowing tradition is now carried on by Giuseppe’s children, Pier Carlo, Tiziana, and son-in-law Gabriele, who look ahead with the determination that has always been the Cortese family’s most distinguishing feature. Attentive, rigorous care of the estate’s vineyards, strict selection, a traditional approach to vinification, and a gentle hand with modern techniques are the ingredients that define the unmistakable personality and unique flavours of Cortese’s wines
Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja 2017
An intense and ethereal perfume with fresh notes that evolve into scents of wild rose, spices, tobacco and brushwood notes as it ages. A dry, full and robust flavour – typical of the Rabaja – with a rich and harmonious structure; garnet red colour. From 4 hectares of 35 – 55 year old vines Fermentation with wild yeast followed by 20/22 months in Slavonian oak barrels ranging in size from 17 to 25 hectolitres and in age from new to 8/9 years. Minimum 10 months of maturing in the bottle before being released for sale.
1410 cases made
“The 2017 Barbaresco Rabajà is a very pretty and expressive wine. Blood orange, cedar, mint, sweet red cherry and licorice are all layered together. Medium in body, with terrific depth as well as nuance, the 2017 is understated, classy and polished to the core. In 2017, Cortese did not bottle their flagship Riserva, instead all of the best fruit went into the straight Barbaresco Rabajà. I won’t be surprised if the 2017 eventually turns out even better than this note suggests. Today, it is really quite lovely. Pier Carlo Cortese gave the 2017 22 months in cask.”
92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous