Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja

The wines of Giuseppe Cortese are every Piedmont aficionado's dream. Located in the heart of the famous Rabajà zone, this small, family-owned winery, known for producing exquisitely balanced wines from the Barbaresco zone, is run by those who possess an intimate knowledge of the Nebbiolo grape. With profound respect and knowledge of the Barbaresco terroir, and long-held family traditions, Giuseppe Cortese is able to craft some of Piedmont's most exceptional wines.

A native of Barbaresco, Giuseppe Cortese began a lifelong passion for winemaking by working with his father Giacomo in the family business. After several years of experience, he realized the future of high-quality Barbaresco wines was in developing the potential of the terroir. With this in mind, Giuseppe began re-orienting the family's wine business and remodeling the winery, improving vinification techniques, and purchasing new land among the famous Rabajà vineyards. Giuseppe's son Piercarlo joined him in the 1990s, after graduating from the highly regarded Enological School of Alba. Today, Cortese is the typical small, family-run winery, with Giuseppe's wife Rosella and daughter Tiziana playing active roles in commercial aspects and public relations.

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Giuseppe Cortese 'Rabaja' Barbaresco DOCG 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "I am deeply impressed by Giuseppe Cortese's 2012 Barbaresco Rabajà. Son Pier Carlo is in charge of the estate today and has continued his father's winemaking legacy. This is a delicate and feminine wine that boasts bright and pristine intensity. The bouquet incorporates floral

Giuseppe Cortese 'Rabaja' Barbaresco DOCG 2011
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93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 " The 2011 Barbaresco Rabajà is rich, deep and fleshy, all qualities that will allow it to drink beautifully relatively early. Bright red berries, flowers, cinnamon and sweet tobacco are all woven together in an effortless, ample Barbaresco built on texture. A firm spine of tannin

Giuseppe Cortese 'Rabaja' Barbaresco DOCG 2010
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94  WS TOP 100 2014 Rank 37 " 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

Giuseppe Cortese 'Rabaja' Barbaresco DOCG 2005
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92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "As it turns out the 2005 Barbaresco Rabaja offers greater freshness and vibrancy than the 2004. I suppose that is not too surprising considering the estate did not produce a Riserva in this vintage so the oldest vines were used in the non-Riserva bottling. Today the wine comes