November 19, 2021 - French and Italian Comparative Tasting Dinner (Middletown Township, NJ, USA): Decanted at 11am, given 2-3 hours in the decanter then returned to bottle for transport to the tasting event. Color is a bright slightly translucent garnet. This bottle was just not quite what the previous bottle was….really excellent but missing the beautiful depth of aromatics and lift in the previous bottle. Still a wonderful Barbaresco. Classic in most respects with rose petals, cherry fruit, a hint of licorice and good structure. Just a notch less special in my view. Curiously half the group preferred this bottle to the remaining amount I brought and decanted from the previously Coravined bottle. This was just about everyone’s favorite with the classic Piedmontese Plin pairing and the majority’s wine of the night.
October 30, 2021 - precise, elegant, and refined! the cortese family has always made great wines but somehow they have flown under the radar. it boggles my mind. the first sip of this traditional barbaresco reminded me of a 2010 francesco rinaldi cannubi that i had recently. the cortese opens with a nose of cherrries and rose with just a whiff of tar. the fruit is still primary and has not really moved on to secondary flavor and aromatics yet. that said, the wine is drinking beautifully right now. medium bodied and soft on the palate. the fruit is beautiful and bright. there is great balance and mouthfeel, and a sense of precision that most winemakers can only hope to achieve. the wine is utterly captivating and has a great future 5 to 10 years down the road. after drinking this bottle i went back and read Galloni's review. he must have been drinking a different wine. I can't wait to see what this wine becomes........
October 26, 2021 - Large Coravin pour tasted over 3 hours. This is a bright sparkling medium garnet color that looks like it could have been bottled yesterday. In my cellar since release, a friend and I tasted this and we were both actually at the estate during the 2010 harvest. The nose of this was effusive and classic tar, roses and cherry but what was striking about this wine was the impeccable balance and crystalline purity of both the nose and the palate. So refined and elegant, it just seemed precise and detailed in a beautiful way. The finish was long and lingering. Light to medium in body but so flavorful and varietally correct with nothing in the way of it screaming "Nebbiolo"! I always love wines that have that ability to dance lightly on your tongue but express depth of flavor and this bottle had that exactly. This should age well as it still had good acid and tannic structure...probably best over the next 5+ years if you like the fruit but will last a lot longer I suspect.
October 8, 2021 - My 4th, group's 2nd of 6 in 2010 B & B tasting w/ 3.5 hour decant. Soft, but fruit filled nose. Caught a little cinnamon late in the evening. Good acid entry with bright fruit middle and well balanced and integrated finish; very light tannin. I even recognized this as 1 of 2 Barbaresco entries in the blind tasting.
July 24, 2021 - Sweet cherries, smooth tannins, very long finish, very dry. Better with age
May 2, 2021 - This Rabajà is in a really nice phase right now. Still primary notes of black cherries, lots of roses and violets as well as some leather. The palate is delicate but intense at the same time giving this Barbaresco a beautiful balance. The tannins are still young, so I would not worry about cellaring this beauty for another 1-2 decades.
March 6, 2021 - Cherry, good acid, long finish, silky tannins
December 27, 2020 - From a magnum. Brilliant Nebbiolo. Brick color. Powerful nose. Evolved in the glass after a short decant. Both light on its feet and powerful.
Fresh with plenty of time left ahead of it. Served with Eye Round Roast and root veg. Very good pairing with the lean beef.
August 14, 2020 - This may be one of those wines that never shuts down. Still primary and powerful, with lovely red fruits and, for my tastes, a nearly perfect balance of tang and grip. The finish is a little clipped, but hard to tell if that will prove to be a cap on how good this gets, or whether it's just partially muted now. This is drinking better now than the 2008 or the 2011. Years to go.
August 10, 2020 - Informal gathering, no notes taken. From magnum. Textbook Barbaresco characteristics with a good freshness, not a lot of weight and intense minerality along red fruit and floral notes. I like the precision and minerality but it misses a bit of complexity and is rather on the hard, more astringent side of things, missing a bit of sexiness and charm. I’m doubt it has enough fruit to age gracefully for another 10 years and become softer and more complex. Nevertheless, certainly a good wine, which in an ideal setting (with a few hours in the decanter and on a less hot day) would have probably got a higher rating. 91 points.