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Roagna Barolo Pira 2011 ~ Barbaresco, Italy

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This is great……and here’s why!

95/100 Wine Spectator
94/100 Decanter
93/100 Falstaff Magazin
93/100 Vinous

Wine Spectator "This is beginning to show some mature elements of truffle, tar, dried cherry, leather, eucalyptus, and woodsy underbrush, with assertive tannins. Ends with accents of licorice and mineral. Balanced overall, delivering sweet fruit and a long finish."

Decanter "The amphitheater-like Paje is found on the outskirts of Barbaresco village and is Roagna’s flagship holding, hence the three separate cuvees (and a Reserva, too). It’s hard to believe that this wine is the most modest of these, with its refined scents of walnuts, saucisson, and other fermented meats, its melting wealth of tannin, its tender softness allied to concentration and poise."

Vinous "Roagna’s 2011 Barbaresco Pajé is dark, sensual and inviting. Black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, scorched earth, and menthol give the Pajé much of its dark, brooding personality. The ripeness of the vintage has softened some of the contours, but this remains a decidedly virile, imposing Barbaresco that will show at its best with a few more years in bottle. Layers of flavor build into the striking, baritone finish."

Falstaff "A shining ruby colour with garnets. Appealing nose with rich notes of dark wild raspberries, some licorice, cherry, fine spicy components in the background. Salty and dense on the palate, shows fine fruit, then opens with hearty dense tannins, a long finish." (translated from German)

A charming and seductive wine. The Paje vineyard is an amphitheater in the centre of the Barbaresco commune facing southwest and planted on limestone soils, sitting just below Rabaja. The vines are 45 years old and are close to the Tanaro river.

The fine estate of Roagna has long roots in the commune of Barbaresco, having been started very early in the twentieth century by Vincenzo Roagna. Vincenzo passed on the reigns to his son Giovanni Roagna, who in his turn saw his son Alfredo succeed him as the head of the estate. Today the property is run by the fifth generation of the family, Luca Roagna. Luca was born in 1980, and succeeded to the winemaking for the property soon after his graduation from oenological school in 2001. The style of the estate’s wines has been consistently safeguarded down through all five generations of Roagna family members who have steered the property, with the wines made in a very traditional and classic style. These are deep, complex and structured wines that are built to age and handsomely reward cellaring. One day soon the fame of the winery will catch up with the outstanding quality of their wines.