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1997 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

ITEM 7979319 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

Bidder Amount Total
ryash $180 $180
maddog $170 $0
hodat $160 $0
$140
Item Sold Amount Date
I7991652 1 $240 Nov 7, 2021
I7979319 1 $180 Oct 17, 2021
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RATINGS

98Wine Spectator

The best wine ever from Clerico and one of the best textbook Barolos I have ever tasted. Dark, with amazing aromas of crushed berries, flowers and spices, plus a mineral undertone. Full-bodied, with super, well-integrated tannins...

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...scents of lead pencil, cedar, black fruits, smoke, earth, and vanilla. Massive richness, monster extract, sweet tannin, and a blockbuster finish characterize this dazzling, 20-30 year wine. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.

93+ Stephen Tanzer

...Superconcentrated, spicy and sweet, but nearly as backward as a top '96, with superb extract and powerful underlying structure. Finishes with substantial mouthdusting tannins and a late note of dark chocolate.

PRODUCER

Clerico

Domenico Clerico is one of the Piedmont’s outstanding producers of Barolo. The 52-acre estate is located in Monforte and is owned by Domenico and Giuliana Clerico. Domenico was a salesman until 1977, when he returned to his family’s estate and learned the business and art of winemaking. He now owns several vineyards with remarkable terroir, including the vineyards Pajana, Ginestra and Mosconi. About 95,000 bottles are produced each year. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has awarded some of his wines 3 glasses award, which is the journal’s highest honor. Gambero Rosso has noted that “it is hard to say anything new about an artist of wine as great as Domenico Clerico.”

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.