Located at in the heart of Barolo in Monforte d’Alba, the Domenico Clerico estate has been making wines since 1976, when the eponymous young winemaker took over. Beginning with just a small 4-hectare farm inherited from his father, Domenico looked for the best undiscovered plots in Barolo. The wines are unapologetically modern in style.
The Pajana vineyard takes its name from the old road that runs along the top of the hill, an ancient pass that connected Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga, which is still accessible on foot today.
Dark crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, wet asphalt and roses. Medium body with strong acidity. Ample fruit and prominent tannins but showing well for a vintage that is on the decline. Plums, menthol and tobacco on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Lacks the concentration to be truly special but a really nice showing nonetheless. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 92 points.
The wines of Domenico Clerico are not inexepensive but rest assured they are world class. The 2017 is highly recommended and can be had for right around $100.