2017 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja

Barbaresco, Italy

Giuseppe Cortese's best vineyard and one of the most heralded in the Barbaresco region. Outstanding Nebbiolo.



About The Wine

The Rabaja is the signature wine of the late, great Giuseppe Cortese.

His is recognised as one of the best value examples of one of the top crus of Barbaresco. It is a traditional, architectural Nebbiolo that will age beautifully for the next two decades or more.

It's classic, fragrant, concentrated Nebbiolo with a sea of dried flowers, red cherries and blue fruits. The tannins firm and sure. The power waiting to unfurl over the coming years.

For a long-term cellar Barbaresco, this is a very safe bet.

About Guiseppe Cortese

Guiseppe Cortese had a lifelong passion for winemaking, starting from assisting his father, Giacomo, in their small family wine business. He founded and transformed the estate in 1971, betting on the value and quality of Barbaresco and never turning back.

It's a passion that has brought the family together, with Guiseppe's children now involved in the business, too. Their ethos is to look after the vines as if they were children, to produce fantastic wines with elegance and austerity.

Three generations of the Cortese family
Three generations of the Cortese family
Barbaresco, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Barbaresco Rabajà is our most important wine, with an ethereal, pleasant and intense aroma with details of freshness that evolve into hints of spice, leather and undergrowth with ageing; dry, full and robust flavour with a rich and harmonious structure; garnet red colour.

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2043
Bottle Size : 750ml

Barbaresco, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"It’s a bolder, more chunky expression of this vineyard, but it still has perfume and style. Cherry, aniseed, orange rind, dried flowers and menthol. Plenty of chew and some earthy feel to the tannin, clean ‘mineral’ acidity, ripe strawberry, and a sort of liquorice and black tea flavour on a long firm finish. It’s very engaging. It needs a little time, but should drink well a bit earlier." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


"A red with beautiful crushed-berry, earth and floral aromas and flavours. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round tannins and a fruity yet fresh finish. Shows form and tension for this ripe vintage." -


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