Giuseppe Cortese, Barbaresco, Piemonte, Italy 2018 100% Nebbiolo
WILD CHERRY, ROSEWATER & BRIARWOOD, AUTUMNAL An old world delight with shadowy garnet mystique and a vibrant vein of blood orange as well as earthy, floral bravado, this gem forged from two distinctive vineyards on Barbaresco’s Rabajà hill showcases Giuseppe & co.’s affinity for the estate’s blue marl-centric terroir and what it imbues into its wines. Aged for a year & a half in older Slavonian oak, one could imagine a whisper of the noble chestnut barrel vibe found in Nebbiolos of yore. Serving Suggestion: Braised boar shoulder & stewed Swiss chard w/ black truffle juice & toasted garlic. Creamy butternut squash polenta w/ Castelmagno (or gorgonzola) & salty, toasted walnuts.