2010 Giuseppe Cortese "Rabaja" Barbaresco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Cortese winemaking moxie really comes through in the gorgeous 2010 Barbaresco Rabaja. Notable elegance and finesse characterize the wine both in the mouth and on the nose. It shows harmony and clarity with defined nuances of dried berry, cassis, spice, dried mint and licorice that lift beautifully from the glass. The fine texture and polished mouthfeel are especially impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (ML)
Bright, with cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors, this is backed by a firm yet integrated underlying structure. Beautifully poised for development, so hands off for now. Juicy and long, delivering a lingering aftertaste of cherry, spice and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2027.
From one of Barbaresco’s top estates, this single-vineyard bottling has intensely floral and balsamic fragrances and delicious cherry-berry and spice flavors. Its tannins are firm but elegant, and while still tightly wound, this will be drinking beautifully after 2015.
A deceptively medium-bodied wine, Cortese's 2010 Barbaresco Rabajà wraps around the palate with an exotic melange of aromas and flavors. Smoke, incense, new leather, espresso, rose petals, black cherries, plums and menthol all come through in a powerful, mysterious Barbaresco. The 2010 is quite dark and brooding in its personality, but also relatively approachable for such a serious wine, with less of tannic spine and explosiveness of some previous years. I expect the 2010 will drink well with minimum cellaring since the tannins are already quite soft within the context of Barbaresco. In 2010, Cortese opted to skip their Riserva, so all the best juice went into the straight bottling, which remains one of the best values in top-notch Barbaresco.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, musky coffee, licorice, smoky minerals, medicinal herbs and blood orange; elegant and complex. Then juicy, tight and youthfully bound-up in the mouth, with strong acidity energizing the wine but keeping its fruit under wraps today. Finishes high-pitched and very long, with serious, tactile tannins calling for at least a few years of patience. This classic vintage of Rabaja should evolve slowly and last very well. 92(+?) points.