1997 Cortese, Barbaresco, Rabaja (RT92) One of the best value Barbarescos of the vintage, tonight reaffirms that belief. This bottle shows fresher and more vibrant than many recent bottles. Very sexy and complete stuff, if not bordering on the verge of an exotic dancer strutting down the catwalk of the Nebbiolo Fashion Show. Loaded with ripe, full profile fruit, a fine showing for this bottle, which tends toward uber rich and spicy, this was both the most approachable and complete Barbaresco of Flight #1. There’s little upside to continued cellaring unless your bottles are of the finest provenance and have been stored at 55f. since release. Drink now-2022 Tasted November 2007