Like Elio Grasso’s Ginestra Casa Mate, Domenico Clerico is another grand Monforte d’Alba producer of the highest integrity, and whose renown “Pajana” is sourced from the famous Ginestra cru. Typically at least $84.95+ a bottle, the wonderful and remarkable 2009 Domenico Clerico Pajana is of course 100% Nebbiolo from a low yielding, 3 hectare parcel of hillside vines averaging 45 to 55 years of age. This “modern styled” Barolo is produced by maceration on the skins in rotory fermentors for between 20 to 30 days, and then is aged for 24-30 months in 80% new French oak barriques (20% used).
“The 2009 Barolo Pajana also shows supple softness and immediate richness. I love the energy and the pure tension. There’s a unique brightness or crispness to the fruit that so perfectly balances out those emboldened layers of oak, spice and tobacco. The style is modern and muscular but all that strength is delivered in a silken glove. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.” – 94 points, eRobertParker.com – Wine Advocate (Monica Larner).