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Domenico Clerico

Piedmont, Italy | website

Still heralded as one of the pre-eminent modernists of the Langhe, Domenico Clerico bottled his first Barolo in 1979 and from there created an unsurpassed elegant and long-lived style, based on attention to detail. Despite criticism from some of his more traditionalist neighbours, Clerico believes that restrained use of new oak can round out Barolo’s harsh edges and enhance the flavour profile. It is hard to argue with the results. Meticulousness in both the vineyard and winery are hallmarks of the Clerico wines, which are consistently nuanced, precisely terroir-focused and ageable. Truly some of the most amazing Baroli being made today.


2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin

$110.00

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"Good full red. Liqueur-like plum and black cherry on the nose. Then fine-grained and classy but tightly wound, showing utterly primary flavors of cherry, red berries and menthol. There's no way into this extremely backward wine today. But it has the racy acidity and excellent clarity for a spectacular evolution in bottle." Stephen Tanzer, 95+ points

"The 2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin opens to a deep, dark color and tarry aromas of dark fruit and liquid smoke. The use of oak is bold but contained, adding extra layering to the supple finish. The power and elegance of the vintage comes though at this early stage although the wine clearly needs more time to evolve. Drink: 2017-2030." Monica Larner, 94 points

  • Color Red
  • Vintage 2010
  • Reviewer Name Stephen Tanzer
  • Reviewer Score 95+
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2010 Barolo Pajana

$110.00

Very limited

"Good medium red. Less expressive on the nose than the Briccotto, hinting at ripe, musky plum, black raspberry, menthol and tobacco. Then smooth and sweet in the mouth, but with terrific energy keeping the red fruit and tobacco flavors fresh and primary. Sweeter and more elegant in style than the 2009, but this fine-grained, firmly tannic wine really shut down in the glass. Outstanding potential here."

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Stephen Tanzer
  • Reviewer Score 94+
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2014 Dolcetto Visadi

$22.95

Just released

  • Color Red
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750ml