Established in 1971 and hitting our list 35 years later, Giuseppe Cortese continues to craft traditional Piedmontese wines from Nebbiolo. Giueseppe’s children, Pier Carlo and Tiziana, work the soils of 8 hectares of land in the middle of the Rabajà vineyard which is famed for its unique microclimate.
Southwesterly exposure helps the thick-skinned grape reach full ripeness, The Barbaresco Rabajà undergoes 20-22 months ageing in very well-seasoned Slovenian oak barrels – around 8-9 years old – followed by 10 months in bottle prior to release. The resulting nose has an intense and ethereal perfume of spice, tobacco and brushwood notes.
The Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà rests even longer, 40 months, in the same old oak. 3 further years in bottle produces a phenomenal wine, showing even greater depth, scale and purity than its younger brother.