Good deep red. Classic soil-driven Barolo aromas and flavors of cherry, dried rose, tobacco, camphor and underbrushy earth. At once silky and perfumed, with outstanding depth and 3-D texture for a 2006. The explosive back end shows superb tannic force and outstanding length. Should make a Barolo classic.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Offers ripe currant, cherry, spice and tar flavors matched to an elegant frame. Firmly structured, with the oak element needing time to integrate. Fine length.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2006 Barolo Aeroplan Servaj is a new Barolo from Clerico. The vineyard is in Badarina, just opposite Cascina Francia in Serralunga. This is the first opportunity readers will have to taste a Barolo from Serralunga by Clerico, a grower whose wines have always been virtually inseparable for their connection to Monforte. The Aeroplan Servaj is a beautiful, sensual wine graced with exquisite layers of dark, perfumed fruit. This is a decidedly elegant, feminine Barolo from Serralunga that, while beautiful, only captures a fraction of what this vineyard is ultimately capable of. Clerico and his team faced significant challenges when they took over the farming of the vineyard in 2006, down to being threatened at gunpoint by the owner when he saw how much fruit was being dropped in the vineyard! Based on the future vintages I have tasted in barrel, Aeroplan Servaj is a work in progress moving in the right direction. The wine's colorful name, 'wild airplane' is a nickname given to the young, rambunctious Clerico by his father.