Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996


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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): Nebbiolo

Localization: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Notes: A sweet bouquet of over-ripe black fruit accented with rich chocolate that seems swirled with smoke.

95 points Robert Parker's Wine AdvocateThis is a spectacularly powerful, rich, concentrated wine. The profound 1996 Barolo Mosconi Per Cristina Riserva exhibits a black raspberry liqueur-like nose. As it sits in the glass, notes of cherries, cassis, pain grille, and smoke emerge. Massive, powerful, chewy, unctuously-textured, and long, with subtle oak and immense fruit concentration, this spectacular Barolo should age effortlessly for two decades. One of the most gifted winemakers in Piedmont, Domenico Clerico has fashioned this riveting wine from the vineyards surrounding the village of Monforte d'Alba. Clerico utilizes rotary fermenters and new oak. This is a wine of extraordinary richness, amazing aromatics, and a sensual personality that satiates both the hedonistic and intellectual senses.

Notes: Clerico's reserve Barolo, the Percristina, is made from grapes grown in the Mosconi vineyard in the Monforte d'Alba zone of Barolo. This small vineyard site is found on a steep hill with a southern aspect and soil of white tufa that gives wines of unusual structure and tannin. 

The Domain: 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 that 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.