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2003 Domenico Clerico - Barolo Ciabot Mentin (Ginestra) Nebbiolo - Italy - Piedmont - Barolo - Monforte - Red

Italy - Piedmont - Barolo - Monforte

Red Nebbiolo
Producer Notes

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... More »

IWC 91(+?)
JR 18
WA 93
WS 91
Drink Dates
WA: 2011-2023 WS: 2010+
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750ml $69.95
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IWC 91(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135

($88-$104) Good full red with a hint of amber. Reticent but pure aromas of plum and nuts, with a hint of hard candy and some emerging oak char. Offers a lush texture and sweet red fruit flavors, along with some slightly drying tannins that arrive late. This is quite tannic but gained in sweetness with time in the glass. Will require longer aging than the Pajana to become harmonious.

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2012-2022

From very close to Pajana but higher, 400 m, and facing south-south east. Lifted nose, quite ethereal. Apparently this wine and Pajana play leapfrog on their respective ageing curves but on the day I tasted the two wines this was the more forward. Some round, appealing, if slightly leafy fruit and really quite friendly compared with Pajana today. Tough finish mind you. Very serious, this wine should certainly get there in the end. This wine seems to have a finer constitution than the Pajana.

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 173
Drink Dates 2011-2023

The 2003 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is even better than the Pajana, with a superbly well-delineated bouquet and deeply nuanced layers of violets, spices, menthol and sweet dark fruit. It fully captures the essence of Ginestra, one of Barolo-s greatest sites, in the rich, ripe style of the vintage. This gorgeous Barolo is only in need of further bottle age after which it should drink beautifully to age 20, perhaps beyond. It is one of the highlights of the vintage. Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is made from higher-altitude plots than Pajana and typically offers more aromatic complexity and detail to the rounder expression that is characteristic of Pajana.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2010+

Aromas of plum, tar and truffle follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a solid center palate. This shows lots of potential, especially for the vintage. 625 cases imported.

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Author Harmon David
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/18/2013

Very tannic. Don't touch for a year.

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.7%
Tasted On 07/07/2010

Young (From 2012 To 2032)

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