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: The 2004 Barbaresco Sori’ Paitin Vecchie Vigne is marvelous. Dark red berries, crushed flowers, smoke, ash and tar are just some of the notes that emerge from this big yet beautifully articulated Vecchie Vigne. The 2004 shows superb class and fabulous overall balance. As always this is a fairly large-scaled Barbaresco, but all of the elements meld together beautifully. A long, sensual finish rounds things out in style. With air the 2004 is approachable today, but it clearly has the stuffing and freshness to drink well to age 25, perhaps beyond. The Vecchie Vigne captures the essence of this great Piedmontese vintage in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029 – Robert Parker

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcareous-clayey

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%