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When you walk from neighboring vines into Roagna’s vineyard, you feel a little as if you’d left the desert for an oasis; on the day the photo above was taken there were birds, butterflies, and rabbits amongst the vines. Aside from the remarkable quality of Roagna’s wines, it’s hard not to feel that you’d really rather drink something made in an oasis rather than a desert. Unlike most grape growers, Roagna never went through a period of using chemicals in their vines – aside from copper and sulfur the vines have never been treated at all. They also don’t do much cleaning around the vines or between the rows, which give their vineyards a pretty wild look and makes them stand out in stark contrast to the conventionally farmed vines around them.
This is a very exciting little stash of Roagna’s Barbaresco. We love these wines, but older bottles are rare and hard to come by (G. Rinaldi being the only other of our Piemontese favorites that’s as difficult to find). Last Tuesday at home we had a half-bottle of Roagna 1996 Barbaresco Crichet Paje; since it was a school night it’s probably a good thing that it was just a half-bottle, because it was so phenomenally delicious that we would have easily consumed a full bottle. The 1996 will continue to improve for years to come; the 1982 and 1988s offered here are now in their prime.
A few more recent arrivals appear below. Please remember that to see current inventory you should click-through to view the article on the website. JW
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".
Not the Riserva, but no slouch, this wine is still alive and drinking. It may even show a bit more fruit that the '67 Riservas. With proper handling (time to rest, and proper decanting) this is a real treat.
1974 was a sleeper vintage for the Produttori, and it has definitely impressed on two separate occasions while tasting vertical flights of the cooperative's normale. Ripe red and black cherry fruit flavors mingle with secondary notes of balsamic, dark chocolate, and spaded earth. The medium body and robustness is supported by a quite lithe texture (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza
I couldn't help but make the comparison initially to older Chianti, with flavors of dried red cherry and dried herbs. As the evening progressed, the wine became richer and weightier with darker fruit notes of black raspberry and brandied cherry with intensity similar to the blockbuster normale bottlings of 1971 and 1978. (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza