Producer: Paitin

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Piemonte, Italy

Zone: Barbaresco DOCG

Producer Info:

Paitin has a long running history stretching back to 1796 – a time in Italy when Napoleon Bonaparte is marching on Milan and Australia was brewing its first beer. Meanwhile these boys in Piedmont are busy focusing on wine growing. In 1796 Benedetto Elia purchases the farmstead with its outlying wine cellar and vineyards from Luigi Pellessero and their story begins. Father along Benedetto’s son Guiseppe extends the vineyards and acquires the underground cellar, dating back to the 15th century. As early as 1898 Paitin’s wines are exported and their barbaresco del Sori Paitin, a wine we marvel to this day, was first produced in 1893. Definitive of each grape variety and true to terroir, these are far more than an affordable and tempting segue into Piedmont. Their greatest strength however remains three distinct Barbaresco that make lasting impressions; Paitin ‘Serra’ Barbaresco, Paitin ‘Sori Paitin’ Barbaresco & Paitin ‘Vecchie Vigne’Barbaresco

Tasting note: “2001 was an exceptionally fine vintage in Piedmont, making this Sori' Paitin a tremendous bargain for a Barbaresco of this quality. It has that haunting aroma of cherries and violets, a typical silkiness and more dark cherries with a touch of smoke and anise in the mouth. Delicious now, it can only get better if you give it time to grow into itself.”

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcareous-clayey, Marl

Production: Maceration on the skins in steel rotary fermentors at 26-30°C for 12 days, ageing in Slavonian oak casks (50% new) for 24 months

Alcohol (%) 14%