2013 Piedmont Sweet Spot:
2013 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabajà

Posted by Joe Salamone

Simply put, Rabajà is a very, very special patch of earth for the Nebbiolo grape.

When you combine the site with the 2013 vintage, the results are dazzling.

The 2013 vintage in Piedmont is all about finesse and clarity. It was very hard not to approach Castello di Verduno's 2013 Barbaresco Rabajà with really high expectations. It didn't disappoint when we tasted it a few weeks ago. It's amazing how it delivers incredible breeding and complexity, while presenting staggering value.

Rabajà produces wines of impressive power, but that's only part of the story. Rabajà is above all about completeness and elegance.

In the lithe and energetic 2013 vintage, Castello di Verduno's Rabajà really shines. It boasts a gorgeous and precise aromatic complexity with a refined texture. There's incredibly pure high-toned red fruits, herbs, dried flowers and earth. Rabajà is a riper site that always assumes an imposing palate presence. In this vintage though, it's really defined by lift and an animated minerality.

For those of you who want to dig deeper into the estate and their sites, I strongly encourage you to listen to Levi Dalton's I'll Drink to That interview with Castello di Verduno's enologist, Mario Andrion.

For now, I'll just mention that the 2013 Rabajà drives home just how much value can be found in Barbaresco. This is especially true in 2013. This is a serious overachiever. Don't miss.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine

Crush Wine & Spirits