Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco (750ml)

  • Wine Type

    Red Wine

  • Size

    750ml

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Piedmont

  • Sub-Region

    Barbaresco

  • Grape

    Nebbiolo

  • Farming Method

    ConventionalMost products with this label come from producers who do their best to avoid any intervention at all but it’s possible that some of the aforementioned preventative measures and additions are deemed necessary. Learn More

  • ABV

    14.5%

  • Food Pairing

    TrufflesGameRabbit

The Cortese family has been championing the wines of Barbaresco since 1971.  The family has been growing grapes and producing quality Barbaresco for three generations.   They have 8 hectares of vines in the Rabaja cru which enjoys an optimal exposure, soil and microclimate.  Like all good vignerons, they practice great vineyard management and a careful selection of grapes at harvest.   The take a traditional approach to winemaking while judiciously employing modern techniques during the process.  All of these intentional steps are aimed at producing quality wines that truly express the terroir of Barbaresco and define the unique personality Giuseppe Cortese wines. 

Tasting Notes

The nose opens with an intense and ethereal perfume; primary fruit and floral notes evolve into tobacco, spice, underbrush.  The palate is well structured with the typical Nebbiolo high acidity and tannins.   Fresh cherry and plum give way to leather, licorice and stony earth with some dried alpine herb notes.  Layered and complex with a long finish.  Decant it if you plan on drinking this now or set it aside to be rewarded in a few years as it develops further in bottle.  Enjoy with polenta and stewed meats, game, any dish that contains truffles. 

Method

Barbaresco is another prestigious appellation in Piemonte making wine from 100% Nebbiolo grapes.  The Barbaresco winegrowing area closer to the Tanaro river than the winegrowing area of Barolo making it a bit warmer and easier to ripen Nebbiolo.  Barbaresco’s soils tend to be more homegenous so there tends to be less difference between wines made in the different areas of the appellation.   Barbarescos must be aged for a minimum of 26 months before release, 9 of those months must be spent in oak. 

This Barbaresco is crafted from a selection of older vines in the Trifolera vineyard and younger vines in the acclaimed Rabaja vineyard.  The wine exceeds the minimum oak aging and is aged for a total of 18 months in large oak casks.        

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Reviews

  1. (verified owner)

    4

    So fun discovering all that this fine wine has to offer. Surprisingly approachable after only 3 years (and 14.5% alcohol), but no mistaking the power and complexity of this memorable wine. Like old burgundies? Spend an evening enjoying this beauty. From chips to veal or just go solo … the magic of Piedmont. A rare find.

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