Clerico

"One of the most gifted winemakers in Piedmont...these are wines of extraordinary richness, amazing aromatics, and sensual personalities that satiate both the hedonistic and the intellectual senses." -Robert Parker, Jr.

"Few producers' wines have given me as much pleasure over the years as those of Domenico Clerico." – Antonio Galloni

Clerico is one of the most respected names in all Barolo, and his wines are renowned for both winemaking of the highest quality and for exceptional character, deriving from outstanding vineyard holdings in four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Bussia, Pajana and Mosconi. The Barbera d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba from this estate are an easy and affordable way to enjoy the genius of this winemaker, and represent two of the greatest wines made from those varietals. Clerico's single-cru Barbera d'Alba "Trevigne" is matured briefly in barriques, 40% of which are new. His Dolcetto "Visadi" regularly receives 90 points from the major international publications. The barrique-aged Nebbiolo/Barbera blend "Arte" was the original "super-Piedmont" wine; Marc de Grazia and Clerico devised this blend together in 1983.

Vineyard Management: No systemic plant protection products (products which act by systemic transport – through the sap of the plant) are used. Sulfur- and copper-based products are the most prevalent. No herbicides are used (the soil is tilled). When needed, only organic fertilizer (manure) is used. There is little use of fertilizers in order to keep the grape production per vine low. Very careful use of SO2 in the wines.

Farming Practice: Practicing Organic

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Clerico 'Pajana' Barolo Nebbiolo 2007
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96 "The 2007 Barolo Pajana is a showstopper. Waves of intense, beautifully delineated fruit flow onto the palate as the wine opens up in the glass. Sumptuous and elegant through and through, the Pajana shows marvelous delineation and clean, minerally notes that underpin the opulence

Domenico Clerico 'Pajana' Barolo 2006
96  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 96 "The 2006 Barolo Pajana reveals incredible aromatic complexity and intensity, something this particular site isn't always capable of. There is lovely definition to be found as this classic feeling, mid-weight Pajana opens up in the glass. Layers of ripe dark fruit, spices,

Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra Barolo 2005
96  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 96 "The 2005 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra emerges from the glass with endless layers of sweet spices, menthol, violets and dark fruit on a powerful, authoritative frame. This is a beautifully defined, sculpted wine of the very highest level. Tar, smoke and licorice linger on the

Clerico 'Percristina' Barolo 2001
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95"Wonderful depth of fruit in this young Barolo with crushed raspberries, dried flowers and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and loads of fruit. Plenty of new wood. It needs time to all come together. Impressive. Best after 2008. 450 cases made."