Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

This wine is made entirely from the noble Nebbiolo variety, grown in vineyards situated in the Langhe hills in southwestern Piedmont. The grapes are crushed and macerated in contact with the skins for fifteen days to ensure greater color extraction. After fermentation, the wine is aged for one year in a combination of new and seasoned large oak barrels.

About the Vineyard

Extending as far as the Trifolera hill, the Rabajà vineyard stretches over the top of the hill that extends from Asili to Trifolera. Contrary to what is looks like from a distance, the Rabajà hill is not homogeneous and can be divided into two areas. The first, bordering on Asili, coincides with the charming amphitheater dominating the Martinenga and is mostly exposed to south-west. The second one has a more linear appearance and is exposed to south, although there are some variations due to the hill’s undulating ground. In both cases, the wine’s style is definitely more full-bodied and firmer compared with Asili and Martinenga (although the second area tends, at times, to yield a stiffer and more mineral wine).

Wine Production

12 months in Slavonian oak
barrels ranging in size from 17 to 25
hectolitres and in age from new
to 8/9 years.
Minimum 6 months of maturing in the
bottle before being released for sale.

Tasting Notes

Pale garnet in color, this wine offers delicately layered aromas of dried red cherries, plums, cola and sweet spice. On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured with integrated, fine-grained tannins and lively acidity, which along with its rich flavors, evolve into a sumptuously long finish.

Food Pairing

Ideal with robustly flavored cheese or braised beef dishes.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Rabajà vineyard
Vineyard size
2.5 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
900 feet
Vines/acre
1,800
Yield/acre
2.8 tons
Exposure
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1988-1993
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1971
Bottles produced of this wine
6,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Nebbiolo
Time on its skins
10
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-Nine years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10-11 days
Fermentation temperature
82-84 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
15
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
3-4 months
Size of aging container
17-26 hl
Type of oak
Slavonian
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.6 %
Residual sugar
0.4 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L
Dry extract
28.3 g/L

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