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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paje Riserva 2005

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

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.
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WS 90
Wine Spectator

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.

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Produttori del Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco

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Produttori del Barbaresco, , Italy
Produttori del Barbaresco
Founded in 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. From its humble beginnings making the first three vintages in the church basement, Produttori del Barbaresco has grown to a 52 member co-operative with 250 acres of Nebbiolo vineyards in the Barbaresco appellation and an annual production of over 500,000 bottles. Its vineyards amount to almost 1/6 of the vineyards of the area. Each member is in full control of their land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with the skill and dedication they have honed over generations.

Playing a key role in elevating the quality level of Barbaresco over the years, Produttori del Barbaresco produces a simpler Nebbiolo Langhe, a Barbaresco blend and nine single vineyard wines produced in premier vineyards: Asili, Rabaja, Pora, Montestefano, Ovello, Paje, Montefico, Muncagota and Rio Sordo.

Maipo Valley

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Geographically small but of significant national importance...

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Geographically small but of significant national importance, the Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. The soils here tend to be high in salinity and low in potassium, which can present viticultural challenges, but new vineyard management techniques have been implemented to combat these issues.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah, and Carmenère, originally a Bordeaux variety which has found a successful home in Chile. White wines are also produced, especially near the cooler coast, from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture...

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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