A Break Out Vintage:
2010 Roagna Barbaresco Pajé

Posted by Joe Salamone

"Quality has never been higher here, and as I have written before, Luca Roagna is one of Piedmont's most promising young producers." -Antonio Galloni

The Roagna family has deep roots in Piedmont stretching back four generations. To this day, there's been a steady march of traditionalism.

We've drunk impressive bottles from the 70s, but the wines have clearly hit a whole new level since Luca Roagna took the helm over a decade ago.

Roagna's 2010s represent an inflection point in Luca's learning curve. As much as we've loved the wines in the past, especially in vintages like 2008, there was a breakthrough in 2010. Across the board, they are the most refined and lifted wines that we've seen from Roagna.

The 2010 Pajé was a stand out in a recent tasting. We've known that Roagna's 2010s were killer for a while, but the Pajé still stunned us. It was the star in a line-up of twenty or so wines.

It's Pajé's overall harmony, depth, length and completeness that make it so impressive. Antonio Galloni nails it when he writes, "All the elements are in the right place."

There's a striking finesse and detail to the 2010 Pajé. It has a radiant clarity and punchy energy that lends a dynamic element to the complex notes of flowers, dark fruits, spice and nuanced savory notes. The tannins have a softer and more silken element than we generally associate with Roagna, but the structure is keenly felt.

The Pajé is a gorgeous, triumphant expression of traditional Nebbiolo. There's no doubt that this wine has enormous aging potential. Very happy to offer.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits