Domenico Clerico Barolo DOCG 2015
A blend of Domenico Clerico’s best cru’s in Monforte with an average vine age of 45-50 years, the wine was aged for 16 months in barrique (30% new) and then spent an additional 16 months in larger barrels. It was then given a further 12 months in bottle before release. The warm dry vintage conditions meant that the wines were able to reach good levels of ripeness whilst still maintaining good balanced acidity.
Deep dark red core with a slight tinge of black to the outskirts and a bright brick red hue. A fragrant bouquet of ripe red and morello cherries gently overlaid by scents of roses and dried herbs is trailed by subtle earth, leather and spice notes. On the palate there’s terrific intensity and freshness to the rich red to dark cherry, morello cherry and strawberry fruit which is backed by vibrant acidity and firm rustic tannins. Earthy leather, dried herb and spice elements sit beneath. Dry, grippy finish with a long, structured and chewy aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
This young Barolo is really savory with dried-fruit, cedar and hot-stone character. Full-bodied, focused and intense. Very long and chewy finish. Drink in 2022.
– 2 glasses
– 94 POINTS
This is an extremely elegant and graceful expression with classic Monforte d’Alba characteristics: The wine shows a tight and powerful inner core and the qualities (integrated acidity and tannins) for long cellar aging. You have everything in this one package.
New oak adds a touch of vanilla and another layer of tannins to this intense red, making it a bit more severe in its youth. Plum, cherry, tar, tobacco and floral top notes mingle with tree bark and iron accents as this evolves through the dense, dusty finish. Best from 2024 through 2039. 1,800 cases made, 400 cases imported.