Nipping at the Heels of the 2002 Monfortino...

Posted by Ian McFadden

Risk vs. Reward
Roagna Barolo/Barbaresco 1996-2007
Only 10 Mixed Cases Available

Nipping at the heels of the 2002 Monfortino.

Luca Roagna has decided to release the much-anticipated 2002 Barbaresco Crichet Paje only in mixed cases. As only 1,000 bottles have been made and this wine is, by all counts, at the same qualitative level of the already-legendary 2002 Conterno Monfortino, well... we can't blame him.

The 02 Crichet Paje is, as with the Monfortino, one of the shocking triumphs of this vintage. This will be a legend.

In any event, it hardly seems like putting together a mixed case of wines all pulled directly from the cellar of Roagna is exactly a burden. Especially when essentially every bottle in the case draws strong praise.

A few examples, all from Mr. Antonio Galloni:

"The 2006 Barbaresco Asili is stunning."

On the 2006 Montefico: "...another dazzling Barbaresco from Roagna... reminds me of Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Montefico."

The provenance is impeccable; the wines some of the greatest under-the-radar values in traditional Barolo/Barbaresco currently being made. Roagna fans pay heed - this wooden 12er is a rare gem for the cellar.

We have only 10 mixed cases to offer - first come, first served.

The wooden 12er will contain the following:
- 1 x 2002 Barbaresco Crichet Paje
- 1 x 1996 Barolo La Rocca e La Pira Riserva
- 2 x 2006 Barbaresco Asili
- 2 x 2006 Barbaresco Montefico
- 2 x 2005 Barbaresco Paje
- 2 x 2005 Barolo La Pira
- 2 x 2007 Barolo Le Coste

We trust those who know Roagna will give this case the serious consideration it deserves, so we'll refrain from boring you with the praise that Roagna deserves. These are great wines, indeed some of the most staunchly traditional wines being made in the Piedmont, along with the more well-known bottlings from G. Conterno, G. Mascarello, etc.

Only 10 cases are available, so this offer goes out ONLY to those of you who have supported our Piedmont program.

First come, first served and all orders subject to confirmation. To order, reply to this email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Roagna Mixed-Case

The wooden 12er will contain the following. All quotes below from Antonio Galloni and the Wine Advocate:

1 x 2002 Barbaresco Crichet Paje
"The 2002 Barbaresco Crichet Paje is breathtaking... Roagna was rewarded with one of the greatest Barbareschi made in the last decade, perhaps longer. The 2002 Crichet Paje is a towering effort and a tribute to the greatness of Nebbiolo. It is a pure, dazzling wine with no hard edges, no signs whatsoever of greenness and a seamless expression of fruit. Layers of red fruit emerge effortlessly from this deep, powerful wine. The 2002 Crichet Paje is miraculously pure, with a freshness and vibrancy that is unbelievable... Simply put, this is a heroic effort from Luca Roagna."
1 x 1996 Barolo La Rocca e La Pira Riserva
"...dark fruit on a classic, structured frame with great length and notable purity in a powerful expression of the vintage..."
2 x 2006 Barbaresco Asili
"The 2006 Barbaresco Asili is stunning. Silky Asili tannins frame a deeply expressive core of red berries, flowers, spices and anise, all of which come together beautifully in this sumptuous, layered Barbaresco... Today it is racy, sexy and flat-out compelling..."
2 x 2006 Barbaresco Montefico
"...another dazzling Barbaresco from Roagna. ...tons of depth and intensity and sheer muscle in a virile style that is typical of this vineyard. Mint, flowers and crushed rocks wrap around a firm finish that reminds me of Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Montefico."
2 x 2005 Barbaresco Paje
"...a relatively fleshy wine for Roagna. It shows lovely juiciness... looks to be a relatively early maturing wine for Roagna, which is not necessarily a bad thing given the estate’s reputation for making wines that take an eternity to peak."
2 x 2005 Barolo La Pira
"Crushed flowers, red cherries, spices and licorice are some of the aromas and flavors from this delicate, dare I say it – Burgundian – Barolo."
2 x 2007 Barolo Le Coste
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