"The 2008 is sublime"
2008 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé

Posted by Ian McFadden

No one is making Barbaresco at the same level.

Along with Conterno, Mascarello, and Rinaldi, Roagna is a part of Piedmont's elite. The Crichet Pajé represents the pinnacle of Roagna's range.

Today marks the first time that we've offered the Crichet Pajé. I'm really excited to have landed this parcel of the 2008, which I'm happy to offer at the lowest price in the country. 

The 2008 Crichet Pajé stands out as one of the greatest Barbarescos that I've ever tasted. The only competition comes from old Giacosa Red Labels. 

Roagna turns out no-nonsense, old-school styled Barolos and Barbarescos. Here long-macerations, late harvests, low yields, and late releases are the norm. This combined with top holdings produces deeply complex and slow to unfold Nebbiolos.

The 2008s flaunt all the aromatic nuance that Roagna captures from the grape. We love 2008 in Piedmont. 2008 is a vintage of, above all else, classical proportions and purity. There's an amazing precision and terroir expression. Very few vintages deliver such completeness, such harmony.

It's difficult to think of Roagna and not think of the Pajé vineyard. Pajé often seems like the beating heart of the estate. Crichet Pajé comes from a choice, incredibly limestone rich portion of the vineyard that's at the top of the hill. The site is home to very old vines, some of which are ungrafted. 

The 2008 Crichet Pajé is an epic wine. There's jaw-dropping structure and depth. However, it's the 2008's finesse, purity, and detail that really announces its greatness. 

Crichet Pajé is one of the world's great wines. Sadly, it is also incredibly rare. Today's offer underscores this. There's only one other listing in the country. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

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

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2008 Barbaresco Crichët Pajé is a gorgeous, translucent wine that shows this cool, late-ripening vintage at its best. Sweet red cherry, mint, kirsch, hard candy and white pepper are all beautifully delineated. In many vintages, Crichët Pajé was massively tannic and forbidding. The 2008 is the most refined vintage of this wine I have ever tasted. Put simply, the 2008 is sublime. Even so, my impression, and hope, is that subsequent vintages will be even better."