2024 - 2050
The Domenico Clerico 2015 Barolo Pajana opens to a beautifully saturated color with dark garnet and ruby highlights. Compared to the 2016 vintage that I tasted at the same time, this wine is more robust, structured and deeper. In some cases, I prefer 2016 to 2015, but this is one case in which the warmer vintage ushers forth a special and very attractive level of intensity. The bouquet is layered, multifaceted and fluid. Despite the many adjectives you could use to describe the bouquet, one thing does not change and that is the sheer intensity of this impressive Barolo Pajana.
With the passing of Domenico Clerico, this historic winery is now managed by Winemaker and General Director Oscar Arrivabene. Some of the latest releases have been staggered, with the 2014 vintage hitting the market in March of last year and the 2015 vintage released in September 2019. The 2016 vintage is released on schedule. For this reason, I have included reviews of both 2015 and 2016 Baroli Pajana, Ciabot Mentin and Aeroplan Servaj. I've also included a review of the 2010 Barolo Per Cristina, a wine that was not made in 2009. Oscar tells me that he started making an expression from Bussia last year, so it should be interesting to see how that wine develops before its release in four years' time.