Astonishing. A special wine that manages to surpass the great reputation of Clerico’s Ginestra bottlings. Rich, multi-layered and powerful but with a generosity and harmony not normally seen in young Nebbiolo let alone those of Clerico! Intense dark plum, cherry, cherry stone, bramble and mineral flavours, powerful satin-textured tannins, long haunting cherry blossom characteristics on the finish. Aged in 80% new oak but the wood characteristics seem to be completely overwhelmed by fruit. Fabulous stuff.
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.
Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.