Fermentation on the skins in steel rotary fermentors for 8-9 days with temperature control, aging in French barriques for 12 months. Concentrated, complex, ripe red fruit, mint, vanilla, and sweet oak on the nose.
On the palate: soft, velvety, fresh, sweet tannins, and very long.
Paitin traces it's history to 1796 when Benedetto Elia purchased the farmstead with outlying wine cellar and vineyards from Luigi Pellissero . His son Giuseppe later extended the vineyards and acquired the underground cellar, which dates to the 15th century.
Barbaresco del Sori Paitin was first produced in 1893, and was first exported in 1898. Secondo Pasquero-Elia took over management in 1965, building a new wine cellar, gradually replanting vineyards, and acquiring new vines.
"The 2006 Langhe Paitin (Nebbiolo, Barbera) is a fresh, vibrant wine imbued with violets, graphite, menthol, plums, wild cherries and minerals, all of which come together beautifully. The wine offers a combination of ripeness and minerality that is very appealing. Today the tannins are a touch firm, but another few years in bottle should do the trick. The harmonious finish augurs very well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.
Readers will find much to admire in these gorgeous wines from Paitin, a small grower based in Neive." -Rated 92, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate