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 2018
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
Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this stunner opens with enticing scents of rose, violet, perfumed berry and camphor. Smooth and extremely elegant, the vibrant, savory palate features juicy red cherry, blood orange and crushed raspberry while star anise and mineral notes suggesting rusty nail—and that’s a good thing—add depth. Bright acidity and lithe tannins lend balance and seamless support. It’s all about elegance and energy. Drink 2023–2030. 96 Points-Wine Enthusiast