Good bright medium red. Highly perfumed nose offers redcurrant, cherry, rose petal and mint. Suave on entry, then juicy and fine-grained in the expanding mid-palate, offering captivating inner-mouth perfume to the primary red fruit and floral flavors. Very stylish, almost Chambolle-like Barbaresco, finishing with fine tannins that are virtually invisible and building floral and blood orange perfume. I should note that my sample closed down in the glass, indicating that it will need some time in bottle.
Robert Parker 96+
The 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja is utterly magnificent in this vintage. Usually a powerhouse, the 2008 is incredibly refined to the point it seems to literally hover on the palate. It is a wine of exquisite grace and beauty. All the elements are in place. I could describe the aromas and flavors, but that would be doing this majestic Barbaresco a huge disservice. Ultimately, the 2008 Rabaja, is all about textural finesse and pure elegance. This is another breathtaking wine from the Produttori. A king among kings. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048