Domenico Clerico 2015 "Pajana" Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

Domenico Clerico 2015 "Pajana" Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

Domenico Clerico

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Domenico Clerico 2015 "Pajana" Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

Considered one of the great modernists of not only Barolo, but also of Italy, Domenico created a name for himself vintage after vintage by focusing on the creation of Nebbiolo with weight, power and depth. After a trip to Burgundy drew his attention to the use of smaller barrels (‘barriques’) to impart more texture and intensity, Domenico brought the idea back home with him, thus earning himself the reputation as one of nation’s first modernist winemakers. 

Domenico passed away from a long battle with cancer in 2017, but his legacy is carried on today by his wife Giuliana, who watched Domenico grow the family name from a humble, small family plot of vines, into an international benchmark for great modern Barolo. 

Winemaker: Oscar Arrivabene

Grapes: Nebbiolo

Farming: Organic

Terroir: ‘Pajana’ is a single cru (or site) within the commune of Monforte d’Alba, and its 40 year old vines sit at about 350 MASL, facing southeast. Ginestra MGA in Monforte d'Alba, with clay and some sand. Vines planted in 1968, 1971 and 1991.

Vinification: Fermented on the skins for 20 to 30 days. 16 months barrique, 80% new oak, constant tastings allow the best barriques to be selected, then the wine is assembled, with 16 more months in barrel (50 hL). 

Tasting Notes: The wine that it produces is rich and full bodied, with noted of black cherry compote, crushed figs, hints of anise and tobacco leaf, all underscored by the complex blend of crushed rock and red flowers that provide brightness and snap.  

Awards & Recognition:

  • WS: 93 pt
  • Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 91 pt
  • James Sucking: 95 pt

2021 January Bottle Club Notes:

Domenico Clerico  | "Pajana" Barolo  |  2015  |  Piemonte, Italy

Considered one of the great modernists of not only Barolo, but also of Italy, Domenico created a name for himself vintage after vintage by focusing on the creation of Nebbiolo with weight, power and depth. After a trip to Burgundy drew his attention to the use of smaller barrels (‘barriques’) to impart more texture and intensity, Domenico brought the idea back home with him, thus earning himself the reputation as one of the nation's first ‘modernist’ winemakers. 


Domenico passed away from a long battle with cancer in 2017, but his legacy is carried on today by his wife Giuliana, who watched Domenico grow the family name from a humble, small family plot of vines, into an international benchmark for great modern Barolo. With the assistance of winemaker Oscar Arrivabene, the Clerico wines are still revered as some of Barolo’s most sought after wines. ‘Pajana’ is a single cru (or site) within the commune of Monforte d’Alba. Its vines sit about 1,150 feet above sea level, facing southeast, and were planted in 1968, 1971 and 1991. 


Oscar ferments the grapes on their skins for 20 to 30 days, and then ages it 16 months in barrique, with 80% of the oak being new. Constant tastings allow the best barriques to be selected for the final bottling, and after the wine is assembled, it ages an 16 additional months in 50 hectoliter barrels. The wine that it produces is rich and full bodied, with notes of black cherry compote, crushed figs, hints of anise and tobacco leaf, all underscored by the complex blend of crushed rock and red flowers that provide brightness and snap. This bottle will easily cellar up to 40 years, and should be decanted up to 3 hours before enjoying.


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