2015 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja 1.5 L

Year: 2015
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"This red shows an appealing combination of cherry, licorice and underbrush aromas and flavors. Smoke and leathery accents add depth, and the finish is long and solid. Best from 2021 through 2036. 1,400 cases made, 350 cases imported. — BS" (WS)

"Sweeping, broad and succulent, the 2015 Barbaresco Rabajà is a child of a warm vintage, no doubt about it. The wine's fruit is soft and rich with black cherry, plum and candied orange peel. Equally important are those background tones of spice, smoke and tar. This Barbaresco has soft, yielding tannins that suggest a near or medium-term drinking window." (WA)

"Cortese's 2015 Barbaresco Rabajà is open-knit and attractive, qualities that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring given the wine's mid-weight structure. Crushed raspberry, rose petal, mint, dried herbs, orange zest and anise add super-classic Nebbiolo signatures to this very pretty, inviting Barbaresco from Cortese. The 2015 is all class. In 2015 Cortese did not bottle their flagship Riserva. Instead, all of the wine went into this, the straight Barbaresco Rabajà. The 2015 spent 20 months in cask." (VM)

"Wow. What a nose of pure blueberries, rose petals, lavender, crushed minerals, elderflower and so much vivid orange and candied citrus peel. Full body, electric acidity, firm and wonderfully polished tannins and a long, mineral finish. Drink in 2021." (JS)

"This opens with aromas of ripe berry, crushed herb, scorched soil and dark culinary spice. Mirroring the nose, the firm full-bodied palate evokes juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, star anise and clove. Taut, tightly knit and noble tannins provide the framework. Give it time to unwind and fully develop. Drink 2023–2035." (WE)

Winery Notes:
This wine is made entirely from Nebbiolo grapes grown in Barbaresco's prestigious Rabajà vineyard, located in the Langhe hills just to the south of Cortese’s winery. To achieve the perfect structural balance, the wine is aged for twenty-two months in seasoned Slavonian oak casks, then bottled and cellared for an additional thirteen months.