Barbaresco Pajoré – 2014

Region: italy - piedmont


Nestled at the very top of the impressively steep, vine-clad hills of the Treiso zone of Barbaresco, the winery’s vineyards were planted as early as the 1960’s in the white marl, calcareous soil typical of this area. An impressive selection of cru Barbaresci is punctuated by the spectacular Vigna Boito  located at the peak of the Rizzi cru. The estate is managed entirely by the Dellapiana family with son Enrico as winemaker and viticulturist. Rizzi Winery participates in “The Green Experience” project which mandates guidelines for environmentally sustainable production.

Grapes / Soils

Barbaresco Pajoré Nebbiolo Planted 1965, 2008 white marl clayey- calcareous 7.41 acres/3 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Barbaresco Pajorè is born from the grapes harvested inside the Crü Pajoré. Bordering the vines of Roncaglie and Montaribaldi, in the municipality of Barbaresco, Pajorè is incontestably one of most famous vineyards in the Langhe. The vineyard, located in the heart of Crü Pajorè, enjoys a near-perfect elevation from 985 feet/300 metres to roughly 750 feet/230 meters. The finest plots, however, have a superb south or south-west-facing and very lean marly soil.

  • Commune: Treiso
  • Crü: Pajorè
  • Surface: 7.41 acres/ Ha 3
  • Altitude: 750-985 feet/230-300 m. s.l.m.
  • Exposure: South
  • Soil: white marl clayey- calcareous
  • Year of planting: 1960-65/ 2008
  • Training system: Guyot
  • Density:4200 vine/Ha
  • Production: 7000 kg/Ha
  • Grape Variety: Nebbiolo
  • First year of production: 2004.
Winemaker's Notes

BARBARESCO PAJORE – Deep garnet red in color; the nose reveals a beautiful and sensual fragrance with a rich complexity and intense floral component of violet and rose, and a very crisp red fruit, raspberry and strawberry with notes of leather, evolutionary spicy, black pepper, cloves, and licorice. Its taste is full and mellow, very balanced, with a nice tannin structure. It is a Barbaresco that combines finesse and power, femininity and masculine elegance and mineralality.

Wine Summary

Made from Nebbiolo grapes; vine age – planted 1960-1965, 2008; grown on soils of white marl clayey- calcareous. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures for a period of 25-30 days. Aged in oak barrels (50Hl) for 12 months and then in concrete tanks for 8 months. Bottled and then released 3 years after the harvest.

Technical Information
  • Harvest: The grapes are handpicked usually the first or second decade of October (with small variations depending on the weather).
  • Fermentation and Maceration: in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, not exceed values of 86ºF/30°C, for a period of 25-30 days.
  • Malolactic Fermentation: Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is racked and undergoes a malolactic fermentation, which normally lasts a month.
  • Aging: About 12 months in oak barrels (50Hl), then into concrete tanks for 8 months. Bottled then released 3 years after the harvest.


94 Points

Enticing new leather, dark baking spice and violet aromas emerge in this taut red. Succulent and savory, it delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, flinty mineral and star anise flavors while firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity offer support. Drink 2020–2029.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2017

92 Points

A beautiful Barbaresco characterized by dried cherries but even blueberries, not to mention dried rose petals and hints of orange rind and cedar.  Full body, deliciously chewy tannins, a long line of acidity and a medium to long finish.  Drink in 2019.

jamessuckling.com, October, 2017

17 Points

Good freshness on nose and slightly sweet fruit. Really edgy with masses of acidity and fine tannins. Rather graceful. With a core and an edge. Tar and veg. 2019 – 2028

JancisRobinson.com, October, 2017

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Treiso, Neive, Neviglie
Proprietors Enrico Dellapiana
Founded 1974
Winemaker Enrico Dellapiana
Annual Production Between 7,500 to 9,000 9L cases