1996 Roagna Barbaresco Crichët Pajé


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barbaresco
Drink between 2008 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • MC2 Wines wrote: flawed

    April 18, 2019 - The Stars of Barbaresco (Michaeangelo Hotel): Second time with this wine this year and second bottle that was just not quite on. Bummer because it is on the bucket list of wines to try. This wasn't totally undrinkable - it had a certain freshness to it. The fruit was completely dumbed down though and it was a bit more leafy in nature. Slightly oxidized. It happens.

  • Happybob Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 6, 2019 - Best bottle yet! Opened very quickly (unlike years ago when it took many hours). Massive fruit and extraction. Great concentration, somewhat tart fruit, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and not very strong tannins at this point. The only weakness of this bottle was that it didn't shift a lot in the experience. Great flavors, but not as evolving as perhaps it was a bit ago. Otherwise likely the best Barbaresco I've ever had except maybe the 96 Giacosa.

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  • MC2 Wines wrote: flawed

    January 5, 2019 - Winorama: A winter in Wineland III; 1/4/2019-1/13/2019 (Portland/Willamette, Eureka, Napa): Just off which was a super bummer since I was pretty excited to try this one. We ended up with Paje from same year which was good.

  • Eric Guido Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 18, 2017 - Much more approachable than I would have expected, the ‘96 Crichët Pajé showed a bouquet of dried roses, sweet crushed berries, moist soil, exotic spices, and dark wood tones. On the palate, I found silky textures offset by zesty acidity with tart red fruits, exotic spice and mineral tones. It finished long with saturating red fruits and youthful tannin, but much less than I would have expected. It was gorgeous, but served next to the ‘96 Pajé, it shows the ageing regiment over the vibrant fruit.

  • Happybob wrote:

    December 28, 2016 - Original review 5-16-09: Very good wine that's just starting to be ready to drink. Tight at first, but fruit comes up reasonably well after 2 hours open in decanter. I've heard from others that the fruit continues to come up for at least 3 hrs. Powerful tannins, very complex, very long finish that are almost well integrated. Explosive at times. ***** 7-10-09 update: this amazing wine evolves after I opened a bottle and split into 2 half bottles (each recorked with virtually no air space) AND stored for 2 months in refrigerator! Upon opening, this wine had turned into a monster (in a good sense); the fruit, structure, intensity, complexity and explosiveness were all enhanced as compared to the original opening although just a tiny bit of oxidation had started to creep in. I've been doing the "refrigerator" trick for several years now and I find each few days in the fridge to be equivalent to a year or so of aging, so based on that rough estimate this Crichet Paje will be at it's best at least 10 years from now - and/or that the wine needs > 5 hours to truly open. Amazing wine!!
    12-16 update: Opened/decanted for 5 hours and this wine finally presented what I sense it could be - which is an absolutely wonderful wine! Probably the best Barbaresco I've ever had and I've had a lot. Big, complex, nuanced, great finish, etc. Would probably keep opening but we finished it.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Roagna
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation Crichët Pajé
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Langhe
  • Appellation Barbaresco

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  • In Cellars 32 (39%)
  • Consumed 50 (61%)

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