ready-improve2004 Barbaresco Pajé, Roagna, Piedmont

Product: HK790B
  • The Wine Advocate
  • Ready, but will improve


The 2004 Barbaresco Paje explodes from the glass with masses of dark fruit, leather, spices, menthol and a host of other balsamic nuances that flow through effortlessly to the long, muscular finish. As good as this is, I am concerned about the degree to which the bouquet already shows signs of tertiary evolution. Readers may recall that in 2003 Roagna made just one Barbaresco from his holdings in Paje. In 2004 he made three. The top selections may turn out to be thrilling, but there is little doubt this entry-level bottling has suffered at the expense of those wines. Ultimately, this Barbaresco comes across as tired and offering little in the way of upside potential. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022. - Wine Advocate

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 [] The Wine Advocate:: 90/100
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