2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva Barbaresco
Rabajà is known for its precision and extreme balance, and these qualities are especially pronounced in this excellent vintage. The Produttori del Barbaresco 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is a gorgeous wine, and one that is offered at an unbelievably low price, especially considering the quality and depth you are given here. Sheer elegance is the impression you get upon first inspection, and the bouquet opens gradually to embrace wild berry, cherry, white stone, light spice, tar and hint of toasted hazelnut. Quite a few families contribute fruit for this blend: Antona, Arossa, Bianco, Casetta, Lembo, Lignana, Manzone, Vacca and Vezza. 12,826 bottles were made this vintage. Drink 2024 - 2055.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is brooding in its intensity. Swaths of tannin, acid and mineral notes infuse the 2016 with striking gravitas. A wine of staggering proportion and breathtaking beauty, the Rabajà is the sort of wine I wish every Vinous reader could taste because it captures the essence of place and vintage with so much pedigree and so much class. Black cherry, sage, crushed rocks, menthol and lavender are some of the many nuances that linger on the eternal finish. Drink 2024 - 2041.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Cherry, plum, dried herb and floral perfume, almond biscuits. Blue fruit, almost volcanic rock/pumice stone feel to tannin, so much grip and length, feels very coiled in and waiting for Rabaja perfume to roll out. Long with graphite tannin trailing. Potential plus. A more robust expression of this great cru. Drink 2026-2046.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front