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2019 GIUSEPPE CORTESE, BARBARESCO
Fresh and juicy with a smooth mid-palate and only brief moments of spice and furry cheek details, this is a forward wine with an accurate feel, and it should be drunk by those curious about this region because it performs the perfect task of explaining Nebbiolo and its shape and size in Barbaresco while at the same time being a rather succulent little wine. 17/20
2019 GIUSEPPE CORTESE, BARBARESCO RABAJÀ
It is amazing the step up from the estate Barbaresco to this saintly Rabajà. The fruit here is tremendous, and it is steeped in gravitas, earthy power and depth of flavour that can only come from a handful of spots in this village. This is a top-flight wine from Cortese, and I cannot recommend it enough. Please be patient because the tannins are firm and need time to soften. 18+/20
2016 GIUSEPPE CORTESE, BARBARESCO RABAJÀ RISERVA
With awesome presence and glorious tannins, this is a mighty wine and one of the finest I have tasted from this brilliant winery. The most remarkable factor here is that while this is still a baby, the tannins are perfectly matthewjukes.com 259 balanced with the fruit, so you can actually taste it now and see uncommon harmony and control. But this does not mean that it won’t gather momentum and become even more attractive in the coming years. 18+/20