Domenico Clerico Barolo 2013
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Exuberant and exciting, the 2013 Barolo is a fantastic new edition to the Domenico Clerico family. This wine was first introduced in 2011. Before then, the estate only made cru expressions. Here's how it works. The single-vineyard wines are vinified separately of course. The winemaking team tastes through all the barrels to eliminate the ones that don't fit the taste profiles (or quality standards) of their respective cru site. Those barrels are then blended to make this wine. What you get is a hodge-podge of the best of Clerico. The effect works wonders. There is so much intensity and fruity succulence to behold. The wine is rich and beautifully smooth in texture.
Broad and spicy, this is a powerful, brooding style, with cherry notes embedded in the flavors of menthol, tar and tobacco. Not for the faint of heart, this ends with mouthcoating tannins and echoes of vanilla and toasty oak. Best from 2023 through 2038. 1,800 cases made. -BS
Clerico's 2013 Barolo is supple and inviting, with good depth and intensity, all of which make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. With time in the glass, the wine's structure starts to emerge. Scents of dark cherry, plum, smoke and licorice are nicely pushed forward in this attractive, tasty Barolo.