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Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 2013 (2 bottles)
Ettore Germano Barbera della Madre 2012 (2 bottles)
Accornero Grignolino Bricco del Bosco 2015 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £97.01
Club Discount Price: £85.39
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The Piemonte, among the most famous all over the world of these wine-producing regions, is also one of those which has done most to recognise these magical vineyards. From small-sized parcels which encapsulate the history of a slope or hill, to a small rectangular plot growing a few rows of exceptional vines. An exhaustive selection of vineyards giving rise to the Langhe's great wines and to many others which now receive their well-deserved recognition.
Our selection this month includes three of these excellent products offered by Italian wine. Rabajà, the best-known and most highly-acclaimed Barbaresco cru, is an example of the perfect balance between powerfulness, finesse, fullness and longevity; an excellent example of what this land is capable of, and given a masterful interpretation by Giuseppe Cortese. Vigna della Madre, a vineyard planted in 1979 on chalky soils with excellent exposure to the sun, is the birthplace of the tremendous Barbera d'Alba Superiore, a full-bodied, enveloping wine with extraordinary finesse. Lastly, Bricco del Bosco, a cru that has brought popularity to the Grignolino variety, after having been ignored for many years and demonstrating here the elegance, harmony and subtleness of which it is capable.
A selection that will accompany you to perfection on forthcoming autumnal evenings. Grignolino, and its elegant freshness, will pair up perfectly with any warm starter. Barbera, both austere and enveloping, will match up like nothing else with meats in sauces. For the Barbaresco, nothing better than a roast... Autumn is now upon us, so enjoy all the good it brings us with our selection this month.
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Red. Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco, Italy Nebbiolo
Bottle: £21.66 club members / £24.61 non-members
Proceeding from a south-westerly slope of Rabajà, this Barbaresco ages for between 20 to 22 months in Slavonian oak barrels, with some new and others up to 9 years old in age, and then refines for a further 9 months in bottle before being released onto the market. On the nose there's an abundance of red fruits — dried, in conserve and liqueur — on a faint balsamic background with hints of leather and spices. This same profile is confirmed on the palate, with tannins evident but silky, with total harmony and an ever-lasting persistence.
From the year 2000 until 2012, the Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà has exceeded Robert Parker's 90 points on 11 occasions and has very often figured among the finalists in the Gambero Rosso tasting awards. An essential wine for anyone who takes pride in knowing not only the Barbaresco variety but also Italian wine.
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Red. Ettore Germano Barbera d'Alba, Italy Barbera
Bottle: £13.31 club members / £15.13 non-members
On the nose, the aromas of red fruits and jam mingle with intense notes of undergrowth and vanilla. The palate confirms a marvellous balance between its fresh, youthful and appealing elements and others that are more evolved, full and austere. The unusual harmony between its complexity and approachability is due to excellent ageing in barrels, where this Barbera matures for a total of about 20 months.
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Red. Accornero Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, Italy Grignolino
Bottle: £7.72 club members / £8.77 non-members
The Grignolino is interpreted in different ways by the Accornero winery, which plays around with different periods of ageing and a variety of containers so as to highlight in this way its great versatility.
Offering incredible value for money, Bricco del Bosco appears a lovely ruby colour and reveals an aromatic and perfumed nose. On the palate it comes over as slightly tannic, fresh and with a very elegant fineness. Since 1980 Bricco del Bosco has been enabling us to appreciate the Grignolino's profile, as few have done, thanks to its single varietal composition and a production process carried out in steel tanks in order to preserve all its fragrance.
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