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2001 Domenico Clerico - Barolo Ciabot Mentin (Ginestra) 750ml
2001 Domenico Clerico - Barolo Ciabot Mentin (Ginestra)
Italy - Piedmont - Barolo - Monforte
Red / Nebbiolo
2001 Domenico Clerico - Barolo Ciabot Mentin (Ginestra)
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 117

Good medium red. Exotic, exhilarating aromas of sappy red berry liqueur and woodsmoke. Wonderfully sweet on entry, then superripe and liqueur-like in the middle palate, with an utterly suave texture over firm supporting spine. Finishes impressively long and sweet, with serious but noble tannins. There's nothing especially austere or forbidding about this extremely rich Barolo.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 167

My favorite wine has typically been the Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, which comes from vines planted at 400 meters with a south to southeast exposure, which gives the wine its characteristic explosive aromas. The Pajana comes from a vineyard at 300 meters in altitude, with a due south exposure, and as would be expected, it is less perfumed on the nose, but rounder and lusher on the palate. Clerico's Percristina is produced from old vines planted in the south-facing Mosconi cru. Stylistically I find it more similar to the Pajana, though the older vines give this wine a more concentrated profile along with heady, exotic aromas and flavors. The richly-colored 2001 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra opens with an unmistakable Ginestra nose of menthol, eucalyptus, spices and minerals. It is dense and structured, showing plenty of ripe dark cherry fruit, licorice, tar and toasted oak flavors, with exceptional length and substance on the palate, and closing with an inviting, beautiful, lingering finish that makes you want to come back to the wine time and again. Clerico's Ciabot Mentin Ginestra was one of the first Barolos that really captivated my attention and for me it remains this producer's most representative wine. It is a superb achievement and one of the highlights of the vintage.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Aromas of blackberries and licorice with hints of oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit as well as smoky oak. A rich and very long wine. Beautiful and massive. This is always one of the best. 350 cases imported.

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Community Reviews

90

DartAdam Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 10/20/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2022

Delish red fruit and spice on the nose and more purple than I'd expect in the glass. Not the classic rusty red. This is big and rich and stood up well to a hearty lentil and lamb stew tonight. Fruit blooms in the mouth followed by some good acidity / tang then drying and lasting tannins. Tasty but not spectacular.

Front Man Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 02/27/2012

I don't know what to think about this wine. The tannins were so astringent and overbearing that it was tough to discern what might be underneath. For an 11 year old wine I am a little concerned that this will ever balance out; not because it's tannic but because the tannins are so dry. My score right now is optimistic based on the assumption that this will be long lived and balance out one day. We'll see...92?

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