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The 2008 Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco is Nebbiolo from the Piedmont region of Italy and the ABV is 14%. The 2008 Orlando Abrigo Rocche Meruzzano Barbaresco is Nebbiolo from the Piedmont region of Italy and the ABV is 14.5%.
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2008 Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja
"The 2008 Barbaresco Rabaja is without question one of the wines of the vintage in this irregular year. It flows with deep layers of menthol, licorice and spices, showing tons of power. This is a dazzling wine endowed with marvelous inner perfume, great richness and huge staying power on the palate. Today it is still quite primary and in need of at least several years of cellaring. Tobacco, licorice and menthol wrap around the palate on the intense finish. The 2008 is a stunning Rabaja from Cortese. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." - 94 Pts Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate
"(aged for 22 months in big barrels, none new): Good full medium red. The nose offers a tight core of sour cherry, redcurrant, mint, menthol and flowers. Taut rather than fleshy, with penetrating acidity contributing to an impression of energy. The firm tannic spine of this perfumed midweight calls for at least five years of patience." - 91 Pts Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
"A pretty red, this evokes flowers, strawberry and raspberry, with an underlying mineral current. Firmly structured, with precision and a long aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,000 cases made. -BS" - 91 Pts Wine Spectator
"Subtle aromas of sliced strawberries and flowers with hints of citrus. Full body, with bright acidity and a clean finish. So delicious now but better in 2013." - 91 Pts James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com
"Barbaresco. Palish ruby with watery rim. Sweet, and hinting at fruit, but more savoury at the moment. Quite classic palate, nothing overworked or overdone. Very well balanced as well as elegant. Drink 2013 to 2020. (WS)" 17+ out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"Barbaresco Rabaja is our most important wine and has an intense and ethereal perfume with fresh notes of violets and red fruit that evolve into scents of spices, cocoa, tobacco, and dry fruit as it ages. A full, dry, and robust flavor, with a rich and harmonious structure; garnet red color." -Winery
"The Cortese family produces and vinifies with passion for 3 generations, using grapes from its 8 hectares of vineyards situated in the heart of Rabaja, historical and renown 'Sori' in the territory of Barbaresco. The cru of Rabaja has a favorable exposition to the south/southwest and it expresses in terms of microclimate, soil, and ripening, offering a product that combines all of the characteristics of a great wine." -Winery
2008 Abrigo Barbaresco Rocche Meruzzano
"Here is a lovely Barbaresco that delivers dark pulp and concentration followed by intense aromas of dark fruit, prune, spice, leather, bramble and cigar box. What helps make this wine stand out is its smooth, rich and enduring texture." - 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"The 2008 Barbaresco Rocche Meruzzano is a big, strapping wine. A firm wall of tannin supports an expressive core of dark cherries, menthol, licorice and tar. This is an especially dark, brooding Barbaresco that will require a measure of patience for the tannins to start melting away. There appears to be more than enough sweetness and depth in the fruit to stand up to the structural components. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." - 91 Pts Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate
"Treiso. Concentrated ruby with the merest tinge of orange. Brooding, sweet amarene cherry and dried-fruit notes. That dried-fruit character comes more to the fore on the palate with stalky tannin on the finish. Seems to have suffered from the vintage. Drink . (WS)" 15 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"A wine based on a conservative oenology philosophy which tends to respect and exalts the grapes as the only true source of quality. The bouquet reveals signs of black cherries and aromatic erbs. Compact in the mouth with sour tannins in youth which evolve gradually in mineral and fruit sensations. Best served at a temperature of 16 - 18 degrees Celsius." -Winery
"The Abrigo family have been tending vineyards for generations, with their skills being handed down from father to son. In 1988 Giovanni Abrigo began working alongside his father, Orlando, in the family business. Giovanni set out first-of-all to implement technical improvements in the winery, with the aim of producing wines of character."
"Subsequently the estate was extended with the acquisition of land and vineyards. Today, the Orlando Abrigo winery farms around 20 hectares of vineyards growing both traditional wines, such as Barbaresco, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba and wines of the new generation. Together with Virna, he is also involved in the running of the VIRNA estate located in the village of Barolo, which is specialized in the production of the celebrated wine of the same name." -Winery