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In my not-very-humble opinion these are about as good as it gets: Roagna is making wines of great purity, finesse, and complexity; they are at the very top of my short list of the most compelling wines in Barolo / Barbaresco. Yes, it’s true that they are a bit more expensive than some other fine Langha wine (but not all!); the way things are going I’m certain that in the future these prices will seem like the good old days. Jamie Wolff
PS - supplies of these wines are very limited - what you see is what we've got. All wine will be available for pick-up or delivery as-of Wednesday 11/7.
One of the most famous vineyards in Barbaresco, Pajé is an amphitheater with calcareous marl and limestone soils, and southwest exposure. The vines range from 25 to 50 years old. The 2013 Pajé, though still very young, is already showing extremely well, with a beautiful core of red berry fruit, cherry, and lifted floral tones of rose and violet, with hints of dried lavendar. Ripe, well integrated tannins. Very elegant. Oskar Kostecki
The vineyard of Pira, lying next to Rocche in Castiglione Faletto, was aquired by the Roagna family in 1989. The 2013 is a beautiful, classic Barolo, with a broad-shouldered but focused palate carrying notes of red currant, red plum, dried cherry, rose, pungent spices, licorice, iron, and cherry pit on the finish. Medium plus, but very fine grained tannins. With great acidity keeping this bright and lifted, there is pleasure to be found in short term drinking (with a long decant) as well as great potential for aging. Oskar Kostecki
Crichet Paje comes from some very old vines in the Paje vineyard. Luca Roagna explains that for years "because of the complications of local regulation we had to choose between callling the wine Barbaresco, or Crichet Paje — we could not call it Barbaresco Crichet Paje, so we chose to call it Crichet Paje... Crichet Paje is intended to be a unique and particular wine, an expression of our identity." It wasn't until 1996 that they were able to label the Crichet Paje as "Barbaresco Crichet Paje".
This is a spectacular bottle, multiples better than most Barolo or Barbaresco. I’m going to keep a few bottles for the long term, but it’s absolutely delicious now. Beautifully transparent, complete, satisfying, and everything one could hope for in young Nebbiolo. Made in the same manner as the Barolo and Barbarescos - 60 day macerations, etc. Jamie Wolff
Faset is a new bottling, and Roagna is farming the vines which are rented from one of their neighbors, ensuring that the fruit is up to their standards. The wine is light in the glass, with a pale, almost transluscent ruby color, but both it's nose and palate are quite muscular, showing dried cherry, brandied cherry, deep red forest fruit, tar, and forest floor. Oskar Kostecki