Bottle Notes

2003 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana – Bottle Notes

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.

Rust colored with considerable bricking. 14.5% ABV. Substantial sediment. Pretty nose of dried red fruits, rose petals and asphalt. Powerful, concentrated and tannic. Everything seems to be in balance. Dried cherries, licorice, tar and tobacco on the palate. The finish is exquisite. Super Barolo that is aging well. Set aside any preconceived notions on the ’03 vintage and just enjoy what is in the glass. Best over the next 5-8 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The wines of Domenico Clerico are not inexepensive but rest assured they are world class. The 2015 is highly recommended and can be had for right around $100.

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