Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco 2017

Today, Cortese is the typical small, family-run winery. Attentive and rigorous care of the estate’s vineyards, strict selection of the best clusters, a traditional approach to vinification, and a touch of modern technique are the ingredients that define the unmistakable personality and unique flavors of Cortese’s wines. With an unrivaled understanding of the Nebbiolo grape, profound respect and knowledge of the terroir of Barbaresco, and long-held family traditions, Giuseppe Cortese is able to craft some of Piedmont’s most exceptional wines.

About the Vineyard

Contrary to how it may appear when seen from a distance, the Rabajà hill is anything but homogeneous and can be broadly divided into at least two areas. The first bordering on Asili coincides with the picturesque amphitheatre overlooking the Martinenga cru, and mostly enjoys a south-westerly aspect. The second, on the other hand, is more linear and faces due south, though within it there are some evident variations due to marked undulations around the hillside. In both cases, the style of the wine is however richer and bolder than the Asili and Martinenga (although a more uncompromising, mineral character tends to emerge in the second area).

Wine Production

A mid to long fermentation without addition of yeast; 18 months of aging in used slavonian oak casks.

Tasting Notes

This Barbaresco stands out for its harmonious, well-balanced expression, with a luscious floral-scented bouquet, magisterial structure, and lingering taste. At once crisp and elegant, with a succulent mouthfeelthis superb classic lends itself to immediate enjoyment or to medium/long-term cellaring. 

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Rabaja
Vineyard name
Rabaja
Vineyard size
1.5 hectares acres
Soil composition
calcareous with clay
Training method
guyot
Elevation
270 mslm feet
Average Vine Age
25 years
Exposure
south/southwest
Year vineyard planted
1990-2005
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
2017
Bottles produced of this wine
10,000
Winemaking & Aging
Fermentation container
concrete tanks
Age of Aging Container
10-15 years
Maceration technique
pump over
Maceration length
20-25 days
Malolactic fermentation
yes
Fining agent
none
Type of aging container
oak
Length of bottle aging
7 months minimum
Size of aging container
16-26 hl
Type of oak
Slavonian
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
<1 g/L
Acidity
5.7 g/L
Dry extract
29.5 g/L

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