Clerico is one of the most respected names in Barolo, and Domenico Clerico's wines are renowned for both high quality winemaking and for exceptional regional character. His outstanding vineyard holdings include four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Bussia, Pajana and Mosconi. This offering is perhaps the most representative wine of the estate, Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, which comes from vines planted at 400 meters with south to southeast exposure, giving the wine its characteristic explosive aromas of ripe red fruit, licorice and mint. Aged in oak barriques (90% new) for 22-24 months, the 2009 produced 1500 cases.
One notch down on the intensity ladder is the 2009 Barolo Ciabot Mentin. Less obvious and definitely more flirtatious, this gorgeous wine playfully dangles subtle hints of licorice, dark fruit, anisette and Middle Eastern spice in front of your nose. They morph and transform into something new and unexpected with each swirl of the glass. There’s enough flesh here to keep the wine grounded, but there’s also enough tonic freshness to keep it from feeling heavy. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.
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