The south-facing 2.5 hectare Paje` Vineyard was established in 1982
with its first year of wine production. Average wine production is 8,000 bottles. The Paje Nebbiolo varietal cultivated in this vineyard is intense yet delicate, with a long life of 15 -
25 years with notable freshness.
Complex but tight in its youth, with bright aromas of fresh rose, raspberry and incense. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of fruit; enhanced by a good acidity and a firm tannic finish. Layered and rich. Excellently paired with intensely flavored fresh-egg pasta dishes, risottos, white and red meat, game and seasonal dishes.
"The 2005 Barbaresco Riserva Paje opens with a blast of tar, menthol and smoke that leads to dark cherries, plums, leather and licorice. This is an especially powerful, shut-down Barbaresco at this stage, but with time in bottle the layers should fill out quite nicely. Today it remains compact and in need of further time in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030."
The Wine Advocate
"Good full red. Red fruits, licorice and minerals on the nose. Round and broad in the mouth but revealing less of its personality today than the Asili. This is rather powerful wine but there's less early sweetness to buffer the tannins, so lay this one down.
International Wine Cellar
"Plummy aromas, with hints of smoke and tar. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a slightly austere mouthfeel, but pretty and balanced. Needs time to soften. Best after 2011. 900 cases made."