The second vintage of this startling Serralunga Barolo. Deep, brooding and tannic but smothered with just as much fruit and as many minerals. Big but sumptuous and totally captivating, this offers strong flavours of rich bramble, cocoa, mineral, earth and stone characteristics; a Herculean wine. As of 2006 Domenico Clerico has an exciting new cuvée from a fabulous single vineyard in the Serralunga commune. Domenico has rented the vines and will therefore have total control of production. Winning over the vineyard's actual owner did not get off to an easy start, Clerico and his team being held at gunpoint when they started green harvesting (dropping fruit is something quite offensive to the old generation of Barolo farmers!) Domenico eventually won him over and is now exploiting this wonderful area's full potential. The cuvée's name comes from Domenico's childhood nickname (wild aeroplane).
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 is now one of the region’s great legends and characters, advocating the modern Barolo winemaking philosophy of short maceration and ageing in barriques. His wines display polish, structure and most importantly balance. Arte, a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Cabernet is a prime example of this.
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.