2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Paje Riserva DOCG

Piedmont, Italy

A decade's grace in the cellar shows all the beauty of Nebbiolo from this special single vineyard. A rare treat.



There are few producers making Barbaresco in the same class as the wines of the Produttori, but none who surpasses them.

- Sheldon Wasserman

About The Wine

Nebbiolo with some bottle age is quite the treat, time unfurling all the nuance this fabled grape’s capable of. And this special Riserva bottling from over a decade ago, is in a real sweet spot.

From the tiny Barbaresco single vineyard of Paje (pah-yay), it’s all there. Striking bricky colour and a fragrant nose of tea leaf and rose blossom.

But when you get to the earthy soft berry fruit and gorgeous velvety texture, you’ll know why so many folks are looking for wines like this, to get their Nebbiolo fix.

About Produttori del Barbaresco

The singular focus on grape variety, place and unwavering quality, is what sets the cooperative wines of the Produttori del Barbaresco wines apart.

This collaboration of small grape growers came at the encouragement of the local priest in 1958, at a time when there was no premium market for these wines. Today, the operation is headed by the irrepressible Aldo Vacca.

Now controlling almost 1/6 of Barbaresco’s vines and 9 single vineyard bottlings, this collective of 52 families produce and some the most consistent, classic and accessibly priced expressions of Nebbiolo from this region.

Aldo Vacca
Aldo Vacca
Barbaresco, Italy
Additional Info

From the Producer

From a 1.8 hectare vineyard, the Paje bottling is one of the smallest in the single vineyard range of the Produttori.

Planted at 250m elevation the vines are south west and west facing, on soils of limestone and clay, rich in calcium and sandy veins.

The wine receives 28 days of maceration on skins, aged 36 months in large oak barrels and 12 months in bottle.

Blend : Nebbiolo 100%
ABV : 14.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Botti in the cellar
Botti in the cellar
Barbaresco, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Wine Advocate

The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè exhibits a saturated garnet color with pretty ruby highlights. The wine opens to a delicate embroidery of dark fruit and floral aromas that grow in intensity and focus as the wine evolves in the glass. In fact, it reaches a surprising level of richness and fleshiness very quickly. The tannins are supple and smooth, but offer good structure and heft on the palate. Pajè ultimately offers more in terms of textural richness than you might expect given the lightness of the bouquet.' - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate)

James Suckling

''A decadent, full-bodied and rich wine with spices, white truffles and chocolate. Firm and chewy tannins but a fruity, delicious finish.'' - James Suckling (James Suckling)

The Wine Front

''Beautiful licks of tannin. Superb length. Serves all the flavours you’d expect but then adds some fanfare. Roasts nuts, asphalt, leather, orange rind, herb-shot cherries. Generally bright but just starting to develop. Orange rind/blossom characters through the finish are a delight.' - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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