Paitin Di Pasquero Elia

Paitin

Location: Bricco di Neive, Piemonte

The Paitin name has been associated with the Pasquero-Elia family since 1796, when Benedetto Elia purchased two hectares of Nebbiolo and Barbera vineyards in Bricco di Neive. By 1830, the winery had been fully established with vineyard holdings doubled, and at the turn of the 19th Century, the winery had established export markets around the world including the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Argentina.

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More than 200 years later, the Pasquero Elia family is still producing Barbarescos of the highest quality, making this small family-estate one of the most historically significant properties of Piemonte. The wines of Paitin have received high critical acclaim for decades and continue to walk the path of greatness.

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Not merely satisfied by the success of their forbearers, brothers Giovanni and Silvano Pasquero Elia have recently enlisted the services of consulting oenologist Dante Scaglione. Scaglione is a former classmate of Giovanni’s, from the days when they attended the oenological school in Alba together, and has spent 16 years alongside the world-famous Bruno Giacosa.

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Antonio Galloni’s review of Paitin from his October 2012 Piemonte report in the Wine Advocate read: “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. Suffice it to say, the results over the last two years have been striking. Scaglione is a consultant in the true sense of the word. He gives advice and suggestions, but does not impose anything. Scaglione has brought with him a number of views on more careful treatment of the fruit post-harvest, clear ideas on how to best press Nebbiolo and a greater focus on hygiene. The rotary fermenters are on their way out, traditional submerged cap fermentations have increased, and the use of larger casks (replaced more frequently than in the past) are now pretty much the norm. Paitin tends to bottle a little later than most, so it will be some time before the results of the new team are evident to readers. The 2010 Barbareschi, which I tasted from from barrel, hold immense promise. 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.”

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In Antonio Galloni’s follow-up report “Barbaresco 2010: Treiso Shines” (from his own online publication “Vinous Media”) he noted: “I am just as excited about Paitin’s new releases as I was last year. The devil is in the details, and nowhere is that more apparent than at this venerable, family-run estate in the Bricco di Neive. Consulting oenologist Dante Scaglione’s contributions have been really more fine-tuning, yet it is remarkable to see how much those small changes can impact quality….. The 2010s have turned out as I had expected, but the 2011s are also hugely promising.”

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