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Paitin Barbera d’Alba Serra 2019


The Pasquero-Elia family has been making wine for several centuries, but the last few decades in particular have helped separate them from their competition as one of the absolute best in Piedmont. Parker’s Wine Advocate and Antonio Galloni have taken notice in a big way.

Galloni summed up their greatness in one sentence. “The Pasquero-Elia family has superb vineyards and already knew how to craft delicious wines, but the continued search for excellence and the willingness to invest in the future is what separates the true greats from the merely good and excellent producers.” Parker’s Wine Advocate added on, “The Pasquero-Elia family has made fabulous wines for years, but now they are in a position to challenge for one of the very top spots in Barbaresco.“ Their dedication and obsession with perfection makes them kinda like the Piedmont version of Alabama football. Every year, you can expect they’ll be great.

I am the first in New Jersey or New York to bring in the Paitin’s Barbera d’Alba Serra from the 2019 vintage. Maybe it’s because I’ve been selling their wines for two and a half decades, that probably helped.

Regardless, I’m excited to bring you this exclusive jet black, inky Barbera that folks are going to love. Already armed with a 92-point score from Parker’s Wine Advocate and a 91-point score from Vinous, this new release is already a hit.

The ‘Serra’ blend comes from the fresher, more delicate slope of the Serraboella. It’s richer and more opulent than most Barberas, especially for anywhere near the price. But the key is the freshness and balance of the wine that makes them so dang delicious. Parker says you’re left with the memory of the “pristine nature of its fruit”. When you’ve got some of the best fruit in the region with a superstar cast making the wine– you’re going to end up with some great juice.

That’s what you’ve got here.

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92 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
You get tremendous value from the Paitin 2019 Barbera d’Alba Serra, which is fruity and bright but beautifully elegant as well. Barbera is known for its rich black fruit flavors and accessible personality, so it’s a real treat to taste a wine that puts so much emphasis on the smaller details offered by the grape. These include tart blueberry, white cherry, exotic spice and crushed stone. There is some softness on the close, but the wine will be remembered for the linear and pristine nature of its fruit.

91 Points, Antonio Galloni – Vinous
The 2019 Barbera d’Alba Serra is fresh, floral and fruity, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years. Short aging in cask really exalts the fruit in this translucent, classically built Barbera. Red berry fruit, blood orange, mint, spice and orange peel linger.


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