2016 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana DOCG

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barolo
Winery Domenico Clerico
Vintage 2016
Grape Nebbiolo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2042
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Domenico Clerico winery

In 1976 Domenico Clerico took over his father's company with his wife Giuliana. The company had 4.5 hectares of vineyards located in the most beautiful places in the Barolo area in Piedmont. Domenico now has 21 ha of vineyard in the Barolo area in Montforte d'Alba and Serralunga d'Alba. No insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. He likes to release single vineyard wines, because in his opinion they best reflect the terroir. His wines are generally rich, aromatic and relatively easily approachable even young. All in all, a producer highly acclaimed internationally for going to great lengths to create quality wines that are in balance and for constantly reviewing his methods in search of perfection.

Domenico Clerico Pajana Barolo

The Barolo Pajana vineyard is known for its loose, sandy soil and red-colored soil. This single vineyard barolo is a beautiful, loyal expression of those Nebbiolo grapes. The Barolo Pajana is dark and thickly structured and is seen as the most accessible Barolo (read: drunk first). The wine was aged for 16 months in barrique and another 16 months in Slovenian foudres and then a few years in bottle before being released in mid-2020. Ruby red in the glass with delicious notes of red plum compote, red cherry in the nose which is very nicely mixed with subtler nuances of dried rose petals and Chinese herbs. These pass on the palate as a full bodied wine laced with polished tannins and fresh red fruit with a great finish. Now definitely decant and give some air.

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Vineyard for 2016 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana DOCG

Domenico took over his father's vineyards in 1976 in Monforte d'Alba, on the south side of the Barolo area. Unlike his father, who was a grape grower, he made and bottled the wine himself from the start. Gradually he was able to increase the vineyard area from 5 to about 25 hectares with beautifully situated plots, including in the famous cru Ginestra. Although Domenico is considered one of the 'modernisti' because he works with rotofermenters and barriques, he has always put work in the vineyard first.

He is no longer a modernist in the basement either. Domenico thinks that he had to adapt to the changed climatic conditions during winemaking: working the same as around 2000 would, in his view, result in too high an alcohol content and an unwieldy wine. He is constantly looking for the right balance in his wines. For example, he now uses a little less barriques and more blunt and less new wood. Also, the maceration times in the rotofermenters have increased from 5 days to more than 20, with the rotary vanes barely operating. No insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. He likes to release single vineyard wines, because in his view they best reflect the terroir. His wines are usually rich, aromatic and even relatively easy to approach when young. All in all a producer that is internationally acclaimed because he goes to great lengths to make quality wines that are in balance and because he constantly revises his methods in search of perfection. After Domenico's death, his wife Giuliana continued to manage the vineyards and the cellar.

Domenico Clerico's wines are modern and accessible at a young age compared to other Piedmont wines. They are highly appreciated internationally!

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barolo
Winery Domenico Clerico
Grape Nebbiolo
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2016
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2042
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
James Suckling rating 96
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe
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