2010 Domenico Clerico Percristina DOCG
In 1976 Domenico Clerico took over his father's company with his wife Giuliana. The company had 4.5 hectares of vineyards located in the most beautiful places in the Barolo area in Piedmont. Domenico now has 21 ha of vineyard in the Barolo area in Montforte d'Alba and Serralunga d'Alba. No insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. He likes to release single vineyard wines, because in his opinion they best reflect the terroir. His wines are usually rich, aromatic and relatively easily approachable even young. All in all, a producer highly acclaimed internationally for going to great lengths to create quality wines that are in balance and for constantly reviewing his methods in search of perfection.
As a tribute to their daughter, Domenico and Giuliana have chosen a beautiful vineyard located in the south in the Mosconi cru, with the aim of creating their main Barolo, capable of challenging time. The vineyard was planted in 1968
The Percristina is Clerico's top model. This top barolo only comes from the greatest years and is always only marketed after 10 years, so the 2010 only saw the light of day in 2020. The Barolo Percristina has been aged for three years in barrique, followed by two years in large Slavonian oak barrels and then bottled for another 5 years in the great cellar of Clerico. The 2010 is the successor of the 2008 and only one boxes are made from this single vineyard.
You will experience the 10 long years of aging in the glass: it has a rare taste texture, a multitude of sensations and undertones. The Nebbiolo is already wonderfully integrated and the balance between the acids and the fruit is unparalleled. The Percristina is a large, dark and exuberant wine. It opens in the nose with an aromatic intensity. The mouthfeel makes it immediately clear that this barolo possesses grace, elegance, strength and length. The bouquet has notes of dried cherry, licorice, white truffle and toasted hazelnut. The tannins are fine and integrated, offering a silky finish.
Domenico took over his father's vineyards in 1976 in Monforte d'Alba, on the south side of the Barolo area. Unlike his father, who was a grape grower, he made and bottled the wine himself from the start. Gradually he was able to increase the vineyard area from 5 to about 25 hectares with beautifully situated plots, including in the famous cru Ginestra. Although Domenico is considered one of the 'modernisti' because he works with rotofermenters and barriques, he has always put work in the vineyard first.
He is no longer a modernist in the basement either. Domenico thinks that he had to adapt to the changed climatic conditions during winemaking: working the same as around 2000 would, in his view, result in too high an alcohol content and an unwieldy wine. He is constantly looking for the right balance in his wines. For example, he now uses a little less barriques and more blunt and less new wood. Also, the maceration times in the rotofermenters have increased from 5 days to more than 20, with the rotary vanes barely operating. No insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. He likes to release single vineyard wines, because in his view they best reflect the terroir. His wines are usually rich, aromatic and even relatively easy to approach when young. All in all a producer that is internationally acclaimed because he goes to great lengths to make quality wines that are in balance and because he constantly revises his methods in search of perfection. After Domenico's death, his wife Giuliana continued to manage the vineyards and the cellar.
Domenico Clerico's wines are modern and accessible at a young age compared to other Piedmont wines. They are highly appreciated internationally!
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe