2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Paje Riserva Barbaresco
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pajè (with only 6,423 bottles released) shows contoured lines and elegant sharpness, with cherry and cassis that segue to smoke, tar and licorice. This wine is beautifully pristine and targeted in terms of its aromatic delivery. Nothing falls by the wayside. That neat, tucked-in personality also distinguishes the wine in terms of mouthfeel, with firm structure, tannins and taut fruit tension. Pajè shows exceptionally well in this vintage. The Basso and Giordano family vineyards supply the fruit in this Riserva. Drink 2024 - 2045.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2016 Barbaresco Pajè opens with deeply pitched spice notes that are so alluring. Pliant and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 possesses tremendous density and brawn. Blue/purplish fruit, cloves, lavender and menthol infuse this rich, hedonistic Barbaresco with tons of character. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer density of the fruit. In a word: impressive. Drink 2024 - 2041.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Dried flowers, nutty, distinct tea-like flavour, very stony and earthy, more earth than fruit driven in a way, a lot of grip on a firm long finish. Bony sort of feel to it. The shape of it is very appealing. Drink 2024-2036+.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front