($48) Full medium red. Complex, lively nose combines red fruits, licorice, herbs, spices and flowers. Then fat and sweet in the mouth, with just enough acidity to shape the fruit and finish. Comes across as warmer and heavier than the Moccagatta, but with similar density. A more powerful wine that will be slower to open. Tannins are quite smooth.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
Dark, translucent ruby in color similar to the 1996. The 1997 Rabaja is an immediate, seductive wine with sweet and supple tannins that make it irresistible. The nose of spices and alcohol is followed by rich flavors cherries in liqueur, menthol, cocoa, balsam and spices. A full bodied and decadent wine that delivers great drinking pleasure, this Barbaresco captures the easy approachability of the vintage, but manages to balance ripe fruit with a freshness that gives the wine a sense of youthfulness.