2000 Domenico Clerico - Barolo Ciabot Mentin (Ginestra) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Fantastic aromas of cinnamon, violets and blackberries follow through to a full-bodied palate with supersilky tannins and a beautiful long, long finish. All in depth and finesse. A top 2000 Barolo from the 37-acre Ginestra vineyard outside Monforte d'Alba. 1,250 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Clerico's 2000 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra has fared better than the Pajana, perhaps owing to the vineyard's more sheltered south-west exposure. Layers of mint, spices and crushed rocks add complexity to the generous fruit. The finish remains vibrant, textured and polished, with a prominent scent of oak that is typical of Clerico's wines during this era. I don't see much upside in the Ciabot, but it should hold for another handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 195

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($83; these vines are 30 to 35 years of age, vs. about 15 to 20 for the Pajana) Medium red. Redcurrant, marzipan, minerals, mocha and coconutty oak on the nose. Plump, sweet and concentrated, with enticing red fruit and tar flavors. Dense and fine-grained but without quite the definition of the best years. Finishes with strong, tooth-coating tannins and a lingering note of dried flowers.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 117

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Mid ruby. Classic tar and mineral nose with real acid and tannin - more evident than in many other examples. For once this wine is not overwhelmed by sweet fruit!

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 12/09/2012
Drink Dates:

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Rating: 92
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/21/2015
Drink Dates:
Okay, not spectacular. Would have benefited by decanting for a bit more and a more thoughtful tasting. Just popped the cork and drank. Certainly was better later, but hard to say that it blew me away (like last time). Fine on the pallet but seemed to not have much on the back end.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

817 bottles owned by 237 collectors.

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About This Producer


This rather small estate in Monforte d'Alba is mainly known for its Barolo, but it also excels at producing great Barbera and Dolcetto and a delicious blend - Arte (Nebbiolo and Barbera). One of the leaders in the movement to modernize the winemaking process in Barolo, Domenico Clerico creates wines that are a bit more ripe fruit-oriented. However, he has such a deft and precise hand that the wines are never blowsy or overwrought. The result is wines that are attractive in their youth but gain in elegance, depth and texture as they evolve.

See other similar producers: Luciano Sandrone, Mascarello

Wine Varietal: Nebbiolo


Big, dark, and bold, Nebbiolo is a robust variety with heavy tannins and a sometimes bitter profile. While areas outside Italy (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, California, and South Africa) have begun cultivating Nebbiolo, the Italian region of Piedmont is where it reaches its greatest height. It is here, the historic home to Nebbiolo, where the finest Barolos and Barbarescos are produced. Many winemakers have compared this grape to Pinot Noir for its difficult growing habits and unpredictable cellar and aging behavior. Typical descriptors for Nebbiolo include roses, violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, and tobacco.

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