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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2004
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2004
(search item no. 123871)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $115.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The most representative wine of the estate, Clerico's Barolo "Ciabot Mentin Ginestra" 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.
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About Domenico Clerico:

Clerico is one of the most respected names in all Barolo, and his wines are renowned for both winemaking of the highest quality and for exceptional character, deriving from outstanding vineyard holdings in four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Bussia, Pajana and Mosconi. The Barbera d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba from this estate are an easy and affordable way to enjoy the genius of this winemaker, and represent two of the greatest wines made from those varietals. Clerico's single-cru Barbera d'Alba "Trevigne" is matured briefly in barriques, 40% of which are new. His Dolcetto "Visadi" regularly receives 90 points from the major international publications. Barrique-aged Nebbiolo/Barbera blend "Arte" was the original "super-Piedmont" wine; Marc de Grazia and Clerico devised this blend together in 1983.

Farming Practices: No systemic plant protection products (products which act by systemic transport – through the sap of the plant) are used. Sulfur- and copper-based products are the most prevalent. No herbicides are used (the soil is tilled). When needed, only organic fertilizer (manure) is used. There is little use of fertilizers in order to keep the grape production per vine low. Very careful use of SO2 in the wines.