Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Paje Riserva 2017 (750ml)

 
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Price: $69.00

Producer Produttori del Barbaresco
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2017
Sku 1557292
Size 750ml

Wine Advocate: 94 Points

The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè is impressive on all fronts but especially in terms of aromas. There's so much brightness here with red and purple fruits rust and a dark note of clove or exotic spice. No element is out of place but together they help to build the intensity of this balanced wine. It shows a soft velvety texture and perhaps there is a little more ripeness overall in this warm vintage. Production is 6666 bottles.

Vinous: 94 Points

The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè is a fine choice for readers who enjoy wines of freshness verve and energy. Dark fruit menthol spice pine and crushed rocks are beautifully delineated. This is an especially chiseled wine in the range of 2017 Riservas. I very much like the balance of richness and vibrancy. In a word: classic. - By Antonio Galloni on September 2021 Aldo Vacca and his team at the Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative continue to turn out gorgeous wines that deliver a remarkable combination of quality and value. This year's releases include the 2017 Riservas and the 2018 Barbaresco. "Frost and drought were challenges in 2017 but not excessively so" Vacca told me. "It was an early harvest but conditions at the end of the season were quite favorable. We were more worried about drought than heat. In the end we found the requisites to make our Riservas but production for all the wines is lower than normal. Two thousand eighteen is another story. Disease pressure was high throughout the year. There were some diurnal shifts at the end of the season then a week where temperatures warmed before cooling again. The wines lacked color and depth relative to stronger vintages." In tasting the 2017 Riservas are certainly very good wines. As often happens in warm years the differences between vineyard sites are less marked than they are in cooler vintages like 2014 and 2016. The tannins are also less polished. Time will help to some degree but the wines will always show the personality of the vintage. Time on the skins was four weeks (as opposed to five for the 2016s) with submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done entirely in cask.

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Wine Enthusiast: 94 Points

Balsamic aromas of camphor oil and new leather unite with mature dark-skinned fruit. Smooth full-bodied and offering a weightless concentration the palate offers raspberry cherry marinated in spirits and star anise framed in firm fine-grained tannins that grip the close. KERIN O?KEEFE

Wine Spectator: 93 Points

Leads with a whiff of freshly mown hay which leads to cherry currant tar and eucalyptus flavors. Linear and chewy with hints of underbrush and iron on the lingering finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. ?B.S.

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