A Rabaja from a traditionalist..

The Rabajà vinyard in Barbaresco is one of the true unofficial grand crus in this area has the potential like Asili to produce really silky, complex and really elegant wines.

Castello di Verduno is traditional and uses open vats for fermentation and only uses big, neutral casks for ageing. The young enologist Mario Andrion with guidance from Franco is the wine maker and they focus on intervening as little as possible in the wine making process and focus on high quality fruit in the vineyard.

The vintage 2007 is a warm year with an unusually early blooming, a whole month earlier than usual, and it was saved by a late cooling period right before an early harvest. The wines are usually very forward, a little fleshy, opulent, intense, but not heavy, with a lot of fruit and still with fresh acidity.

2007 Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva, Castello di Verduno

Sir Galahad:

Colour: Dark garnet red with light-light orange edges.

Nose: A beautiful, seductive and intense scent of roses, lilies, feminine but stylish perfumes. Notes of wood glue, dry jammy raspberry and fine tuned chalky limestone.
Taste: Immediate very sweet layers of fruit, fennel, distinct anise, exotic spices, orange-peel, balsamic, shale and some tar. It offers a very energetic, fresh acidity that is great and very promising for a quite long life. Structure is as expected on the slim side and tannins are still just a little heavy, but of high quality and texture silky. On the sad and bad side, there is an austere, way too sweet cherry tone that takes over totally in this wine.

This is generous wine with a lot of pleasing broad palate, a very intense, beautiful nose and good concentration but suffers from too much candid residual sugars and some austere tone.


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