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Roagna, Barbaresco Crichet Paje, 2013

$1,299.00
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Luca Roagna and his family have been making some of the greatest wines in Piemonte for generations, and the quality just keeps rising. Anyone will be able to respect and admire the work of Luca Roagna: no step taken in the vineyard or the winery is without complete follow-through of thought.

Standing in the middle of one of their vineyards, you almost forget it's a place to grow grapes. Grass, insects and wildlife flourish throughout the vines, which are never subjected to chemical sprays, mowing or tilling. The bio-sphere is diverse and vigorous, the soils healthy: the result is impeccably grown grapes ready to become impeccably made wine.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 98
"The 2013 Barbaresco Crichët Pajè brings together so many of the elements that make the Roagna wines so compelling today. In the past, Crichët Pajè was a huge, tannic wine. The 2013, on the other hand, is incredibly finessed. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, blood orange, cedar, kirsch and cinnamon are some of the many notes that grace the 2013. Sensual and silky, the 2013 is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. There's real depth and substance here. What a wine." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 98
"Beginning to mellow and reach its sweet spot, this red reveals rose hip, cherry, strawberry, currant and freshly mown hay flavors aligned to a sleek frame. This turns austere as it evolves on the palate, with the ripe fruit returning on the long, resonant finish. Elegant and harmonious overall, ending with the essence of ripe berry fruit, tart rose hip and mineral notes. Drink now through 2040."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VINTAGE
2013
BOTTLE SIZES
750 ML, 1.5 L
COUNTRY
Italy
REGION
Piedmont
APPELLATION
Barbaresco
WINE TYPE
Red
VARIETALS
Nebbiolo
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
The Crichet Paje is sourced from the top few rows of the Paje Cru, where the historic Roagna winery is located in the commune of Barbaresco. Luca's grandfather Giovanni purchased this vineyard in 1953.
SOIL
The soil is a white calcareous marl. The Crichet parcel of Paje has the highest limestone content of all of Roagna's vineyards.
VITICULTURE
The youngest vines that go into this wine are 60 years old, with most being much older than that. Hand-harvested into small crate. Luca keeps the old vines alive along as possible but if ever a vine needs to be replaced, it is propagated from an old vine from the same parcel.
VINIFICATION
Fermentation lasts ten days in large wood casks. They ferment with a pied de cuvee made from their indigenous yeasts. They then use the technique of submerged cap -- which can last 80-90 days.
AGING
The wine is then aged in large neutral French botti. The oak Luca uses is never toasted but instead made by using hot steam instead of flame. The wine normally ages in barrel for at least 8 years depending on the vintage. Usually never released before ten years after the harvest.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2013

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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