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Barbaresco, Rabaja, 2019


Colour: Red
Producer: Castello di Verduno
Region: Italy
Appellation: Barbaresco
Grape Variety: Nebbiolo

Barbaresco, Rabaja, 2019

10 cases
Equiv. £44.17 per bottle

Tasting Note:

The main difference between Rabaja and Rabaja Bas is that the former is steeper and more uniformly south facing than Bas. The Castello has a total of 1ha in Rabaja, 0.5ha of which is 40 years old and 0.5ha is 15 years old. Of the two wines, the Rabaja feels more concentrated and serious, but also more vital, sparkling in its fruit, and more complex. The most enticing, trembling acid line darts through the fruit and culminates in a world of finessed power, with so much detail and focus. Really fabulous. The Rabaja spends its whole life in oak as it is fermented in tine and kept on skins for 60 days in capello sommerso before two years of ageing in 25hl Slavonian oak casks.

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