Giuseppe Cortese Azienda Agricola

THE WINE ADVOCATE, #203, October 31, 2012

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 2008 - 95+ points

“Simply stated, the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja is one of the finest and most polished wines I have ever tasted at Cortese. It has all of the classicism of the 2006, but with a little more inner juiciness and perfume. Black cherries, plums, tar, incense and smoke are some of the many notes that take shape as this gorgeous wine literally blossoms right in front of my eyes. Readers might remember my enthusiasm for the 2008 straight Barbaresco at Cortese. The Riserva is all that, and a little more. It will be interesting to see how the 2008 develops in bottle, as it is at least two years away from being released. In 2008 Cortese brought in the Nebbiolo between the 18th and 20th of October, a classic late harvest that is more the exception than the rule these days. This is easily one of the best Cortese wines I have ever tasted.”

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 2006 - 93+ points

“The 2006 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja is deceptively medium in body. Dark, powerful and inward, the 2006 needs time in the glass to start gradually uncoiling from its presently shut down state. The finish is all silk, power and minerality, qualities that reflect its classical leanings to the maximum. Hints of dark cherries, wild flowers and exotic spices linger in the empty glass.”

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja 2009 - 93 points

“The 2009 Barbaresco Rabaja is a fabulous choice for readers who want to drink a Cortese wine while some of the more structured vintages age in the cellar. A compelling range of juicy dark berries, flowers, spices and mint blossom in the glass. Fleshy, radiant and supple, the 2009 embodies all of the best qualities of the vintage. Piercarlo Cortese didn’t feel the 2009 could handle four years in cask, so there is no Riserva, all to the benefit of the ‘regular’ Rabaja bottling. A sexy, gracious finish framed by silky tannins rounds things out in style.”

Giuseppe Cortese Barbera d'Alba 2011 - 89 points

“Cortese’s 2011 Barbera d’Alba is absolutely delicious. Vibrant dark berries, flowers and spices all jump from the glass. The 2011 is a decidedly juicy, extroverted, unoaked Barbera that will provide considerable pleasure over the next few years.”

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2010 - 89 points

“Sweet red cherries, crushed flowers, sweet spices and tobacco all take shape as the 2010 Langhe Nebbiolo opens up in the glass. This mid-weight, perfumed Nebbiolo isn’t the last word in complexity, but it sure is delicious. The Nebbiolo is made from young vines in Trifolera and Rabaja.”

Giuseppe Cortese Barbera d'Alba Morassina 2010 - 88 points

“The 2010 Barbera d’Alba Morassina stands apart from the other wines at Cortese, as it is the only offering aged in French oak barrels. There is good depth and definition in the fruit, along with reasonable complexity....”

Giuseppe Cortese Dolcetto d'Alba Trifolera 2011 - 88 points

“The 2011 Dolcetto d’Alba Trifolera is an attractive wine with a little more fleshiness than is often the case. Varietal notes resonate through the mid-palate and finish in this juicy, expressive Dolcetto.”