Wine Advocate 97 points - The 2002 Barbaresco Crichet Paje is breathtaking. Roagna had the patience to look beyond the cold, wet summer and early fall. The Nebbiolo harvest took place in late October. For the risk, Roagna was rewarded with one of the greatest Barbareschi made in the last decade, perhaps longer. The 2002 Crichet Paje is a towering effort and a tribute to the greatness of Nebbiolo. It is a pure, dazzling wine with no hard edges, no signs whatsoever of greenness and a seamless expression of fruit. Layers of red fruit emerge effortlessly from this deep, powerful wine. The 2002 Crichet Paje is miraculously pure, with a freshness and vibrancy that is unbelievable. There is more than enough underlying structure to support many years and decades of fine drinking. Simply put, this is a heroic effort from Luca Roagna. As the saying goes, no guts, no glory. There are plenty of guts here. Roagna deserves every bit of praise he will receive for this stratospheric Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. (Oct 2011)
"This wine is the utmost expression of our winery, it is pure tradition. A half century history places it at the excellence of our wines. It is produced in the greatest vintages only and it gives you superb emotions even opened after 20-30 years. The 1978 vintage is historical and today it is a wine in great shape, the utmost expression of tradition." Winery
age of vines at least 55 years
mass selection of vines.
the grapes assigned to the production of this wine come from selections made in the very best vintages in a small parcel of land, in vineyard with a Southern, South-Western Exposure in Pajh cru. The qualities of marly-calcareous soil in this area in Barbaresco municipality give a great structure and a stupendous tannic heritage.
|Wine maker notes
|Vines: the grapes assigned to the production of this wine come from vineyard selections with a Southern, South-Western exposure in Paje cru. The qualities of marly-calcareous soil in this area in Barbaresco municipality give a great structure and a very complex tannic heritage. Vines are 35-40 years old and selection massale.
Vinification: grapes are hand-picked; soft pressing with destemming. Fermentation in wood casks. Maceration for 70-90 days, so that the autochthonous characteristics of this vine are extracted.
Aging: 4-6 years in medium-sized French and Slavonian oak casks, then in bottle.