Domenico Clerico  Barolo Pajana  2003

Wine Spectator 92
Wine Advocate 92
Category Reds
Varietal Nebbiolo
Region Italy , Piedmont
Producer Domenico Clerico
On Sale $71.99
Domenico Clerico Tasting Notes  
Of the Barolo wines, Clerico's is perhaps the least archetypal--or rather the one in which the style of the producer is mast noticeable. It has a concentration of color most outstanding and unusual in Barolo: even after three years of aging, most of which is in wood, it still retains a deep, vivid ruby with a mulberry ripeness that is remimiscent of a Grand Echezeaux.
Wine Spectator  
Focused and very clean, with crushed blackberry and spices that follow through to a full-bodied palate, with hints of jammy and cedary character. Balanced and pretty, with a long, long finish. Best after 2011. —James Suckling, 92 points
Wine Advocate  
The 2003 Barolo Pajana opens with extraordinary aromatics. Sweet and long, it reveals intense layers of ripe dark cherries, chocolate, spices and menthol in a powerful, authoritative style. It is a terrific effort in this vintage, and should mature faster than the Ciabot Mentin Ginestra. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. Few producers' wines have given me as much pleasure over the years as those of Domenico Clerico. Based in Monforte, Clerico has been turning out spectacular Barolos since the mid-1980s. I find a spirituality and character in these wines that puts them in a class with few peers. The last few years have seen an evolution in Clerico's philosophy. He has gradually lengthened fermentation times and beginning with his 2005s also backed off the 100% new oak, perhaps the one criticism I have had of some wines in the past. For his 2003 Barolos Clerico shortened the fermentation time by a few days. "Given that the grapes already had a lot of tannins, it was important not to over-extract," says Clerico. "I used a high percentage of new oak for the Barolos. When we racked them, the wines aged in new oak turned out as I had hoped in that they were a little rounder than the wines aged in one-year old barrels. I am optimistic about 2003, the wines just need time for the tannins to soften. Look at what people said about the 1997s. The wines were supposed to fall apart, yet I think the best wines have held up beautifully." —Antonio Galloni, 92 points

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