2004 Paitin, Barbaresco DOCG, Sori’ Paitin Vecchie Vigne (RT 95) In a previous review I tasted a 2007 and 2008 Vecchie Vigne alongside the 2015. My focus in that review was to compare the trend of the estate wine style in the post-Dante Scaglione period (2010 and later) compared to 2009 and earlier. This time it was the 2004 Vecchie Vigne in contrast to the 2016. This 2004 aligns with the 2007 and 2008 quite well stylistically, showing a darker, deeper, coloration, powerful aromatics and impressive concentration of fruit. The hint of French oak quickly blows off once in the glass revealing stunning depth and bass notes of black cherry, ripe plums, dried rose petals, herbs and green olives. The palate remains fresh and energized with bright fruit and a weightless essence. This is evolving on the “slow boat to China” as the saying goes, but is certainly in its early peak drinking window. A fabulous 2004! Drink now-2034+