The 2005 Barbaresco Crichët Pajé opens with exquisite, beguiling aromatics that are pure seduction. Sweet rose petal, mint, licorice, dried herbs and tobacco are all laced together as this gracious, inviting Barbaresco gradually opens up in the glass. The 2005 spent around 80 days on the skins followed by eight months in barrel. Because of its lengthy aging, the Crichët Pajé presents a distinctly earthy, savory profile, with the fruit pushed into the background. This is one of the better bottles of the 2005 I have had of late.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035