The Produttori del Barbaresco, founded in 1958, now has 51 members and controls more than 100 hectares (250 acres) of premium Nebbiolo vineyards in Barbaresco. Each family is in full control of its land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with centuries old skill and dedication.
In great vintages, nine single-vineyard Barbarescos are produced from nine classic premium sites within the Barbaresco village boundaries: Asili, Rabajà, Pora, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajè, Montefico, Muncagota, and Rio Sordo. These are the geographical names of sites where Nebbiolo grapes have always been cultivated. The name of the single-vineyards, the total number of bottles produced, and the name of the owners of the vineyards are marked on the labels.
Violet, new leather, perfumed berry and a whiff of face powder mingle together with camphor on this fragrant red. On the structured, polished palate, taut, refined tannins support succulent Morello cherry, mulberry and licorice. It's already tempting, but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2022–2027; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Rating: 97 Points; Kerin O'Keefe; Wine Enthusiast
The Produttori del Barbaresco 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè shows a heavier center of gravity (compared to the Pora) with thicker concentration of dark fruit at the middle. The jump is not big, but it is noticeable, like one step up a ladder. This wine produces more ferrous earth and iron ore with plenty of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is less complicated and shorter too in this vintage, although the tannins feel firm and prominent. Between Pora and Pajè, I'd give a slight edge to Pora. Some 10,000 bottles were released. Tasted: July; Drink: 2023-2045; Rating: 93 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
One of the highlights in this series, the 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè is marked by bright acids and expressive veins of spiciness that lend a much needed kick of energy to a core of translucent Nebbiolo fruit. Dark cherry, menthol, licorice, dried flowers and pine all develop in the glass. The combination of ripeness and saline-infused energy makes the Pajè one of the more complete wines in this range. There is so much to admire here. Drink: 2022-2040; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Rating: 94 Points; Antonio Galloni; vinous.com
Chewy, mineral, raspberry and slight over-ripe feel, a little warmth, cherry and grip, firm fine tannin grip on the finish. Excellent, but a bit breathy. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Warm berries, rhubarb and pot pourri, new leather and warm spice. Big flavour, big swish of grippy, earthy tannins, finishes bergamot tea-like and very chewy. Lots of mouth-watering rose hip tea going on, chunky and booze soaked cherries chime in. Boozey, yep. Quite abrupt rush to the tannin wall that closes. Beautiful tannins are the final message. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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