2019 Domenico Clerico Barolo
In 1976 Domenico Clerico took over the company from his father together with his wife Giuliana. The company had 4.5 ha of vineyards located in the most beautiful places in the Barolo area in Piemonte. Domenico now has 21 hectares 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 typically rich, aromatic and relatively easy to approach even when young. All in all, a producer who is internationally acclaimed for going to great lengths to make quality wines that are balanced and for constantly revising his methods in search of perfection.
This beautiful Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. The Ginestra vineyard (4ha) is located in the heart of the Barolo. The sticks were planted around 1985. The work in the vineyard is done entirely by hand. In October, the grapes are carefully selected and picked by hand. After a soft pressing, they undergo the fermentation process on the skins for a period of 15 to 20 days. The further aging of the wine takes place partly for a period of 24 months in Slovenian oak barrels and partly for a period of 18 to 24 months in French oak barrels, of which 40% are new and 60% used previously. The wine is then blended and bottled. In the cellars of the domain, the wine remains in the bottle for several months before it is released on the market.
The Dominico Clerico Barolo has an intense ruby red color with elegant, complex scents of tobacco, black cherries, espresso, raspberry, licorice and spices in the nose. The taste is full, powerful and harmonious due to the sweetness of the tannins. The aftertaste is powerful and long lasting.
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||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||93|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|