Barbaresco Pajoré – 2016

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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Barbaresco Pajore Nebbiolo Planted in 1960-1965, 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 meters
  • Exposure: South
  • Soil: white marl clayey- calcareous
  • Year of planting: 1960-65/2008
  • Training system: Guyot
  • Density :4200 vine/Ha
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest: hand picked in the first 2 weeks of October
  • Fermentation: in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature below 86ºF/30°C for 25 – 30 days
  • Malolactic fermentation: wine is racked, typically takes 1 month
  • Aging: 12 months in 50Hl barrels, then 8 months in concrete tanks, then bottle aged until 3 years from harvest
Winemaker's Notes

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 very crisp red fruit, raspberry and strawberry, with notes of leather, spiciness, black pepper, cloves, and licorice. Its taste is full and mellow, very balanced, with a nice tannic structure. It’s a Barbaresco that combines finesse and power, femininity and masculine elegance and minerality.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 14.5%; vines planted in 1960-1965, 2008; soils: white calcareous clay; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures; malolactic fermentation and aging in 50Hl oak barrels for 12 months, concrete tanks for 8 months, then in bottle until 3 years from harvest.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%


92 Points

The 2016 Barbaresco Pajorè is a dense and thickly structured wine that opens to dried cherries and blackberries, followed by spice, leather and tar. This wine shows volume and fullness in the mouth, with a soft and generous approach. Following its time in oak, the wine sits in concrete tanks for eight months before going into the bottle. Drink Date 2020 – 2033

© Wine Advocate, June, 2019

96 Points

Red berry, rose, menthol, new leather, cracked pepper and wild herb aromas come together on this. Linear, elegant and youthfully austere, the palate delivers red cherry, pomegranate, licorice and star anise framed in tight, close-grained tannins and racy acidity before an orange zest finish. Drink 2026–2036

Wine Enthusiast, September, 2019

17.5 Points

Treiso. Tasted blind. Mid to deep ruby with orange tinges. Concentrated, complex nose with hints of cardamom and nutmeg. Elegant, lively fruit followed by bags of coating, bitter-sweet tannins that are still a little tough and with marked acidity on the finish, but this has the bones for ageing. 2022 – 2032

JancisRobinson.com, May, 2019

95 Points

Medium red. Red fruit aromas are complicated by sweet spices, steely notes, licorice and rose petals. Smooth and precise on the palate, offering focused intensity and perfumed lift with sappy red fruit and licorice flavors. The rising, palate-staining, minerally finish is a marvel. Drinking window: 2025-2038

Terroir Sense - Ian D'Agata, March, 2021

92 Points

Another fine result from Rizzi with this Pajorè cru wine from the commune of Barbaresco. There’s crystalline fruit on the nose, with floral, mint and raspberry aromas. It’s very concentrated, muscular, and suave, with burly tannins that will need time to harmonise, but it’s also spicy and pungent with grip and persistence. 2020 – 2038

Decanter, January, 2019

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