Barolo, Bricotto, 2008

  Domenico Clerico

Barolo, Bricotto

The last vintage of this was in 1994 and since then the wine has been going into the Arte blend, as the parcel is so small and barely produces enough wine to warrant its own bottling. However the 2008 was so spectacular and there was just enough of it that Clerico could not ignore its charms and decided to bottle up 750 magnums. The result is an extraordinarily profound, powerful, concentrated wine that still manages to seduce with its finely polished tannins and sweet/savoury flavours of liquorice, espresso, cinnamon, clove, bramble, cherry and sap. This may be big but it is smooth and flavoursome enough to carry its structure off with ease. Outstanding.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domenico Clerico

In 1977 Domenico Clerico decided to leave his job as a salesman in order to work full time in his family’s estate. After several experiments in the cellar, Domenico’s friends persuaded him to make wine on a permanent basis. Vineyards were purchased in some of the most interesting crus of Monteforte: Ginestra in 1983, Pajana in 1989 and the last, Mosconi, in 1985. Domenico, who tragically passed away earlier in July 2017, is of the region’s great legends, as an advocate for the modern Barolo winemaking philosophy of short maceration and ageing in barriques. The wines display polish, structure and - most importantly - balance.

Appellation: Piedmont

Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.