Barbaresco Crown-Jewel:
2010 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva

Posted by Joe Salamone

Rabajà is one of the great vineyards for Nebbiolo. Catching a Rabajà when it's on is one of the great drinking experiences of the Piedmont.

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

When we tasted Castello di Verduno's 2010 Rabajà Riserva, we were immediately taken aback by what a vivid snapshot of this great site it is. The fact that we're able to offer it at such a gentle price point is amazing.

We're huge fans of the 2010 Barbaresco vintage. Galloni sums it up neatly: “All it takes to understand how important ideal conditions are for Nebbiolo is to taste the young 2010 Barbareschi. The best wines are simply stunning." The best examples have seamless tannic structures and beautiful focus and clarity. At this point, 2010s from Barolo and Barbaresco have pretty much disappeared from the market. You won't get many more opportunities to pick up wines from the vintage.

The 2010 Rabajà Riserva brims with alluring floral and earth aromatics and vivid red-fruit notes dotted with minerality. Most importantly, it's intense and grippy while maintaining a nimble finesse. 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.

It's pretty simple: you have a strong vintage, a top site and incredible value. That says it all. Don't miss.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2010 Castello di Verduno

Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva