Domenico Clerico

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Domenico Clerico shot to prominence in the 1980s and has been one of Barolo’s most consistent superstars ever since. Even from the miserable early 90s, the wines stand out. Maceration times are relatively short and most of the small oak is new but the wines don’t lack for stuffing or structure. Clerico has built up 21 ha, more than 40% of it for three fabulous Barolos. The Ginestra cru provides both classy Ciabot Mentin Ginestra and more international Pajana; Mosconi, a stone’s throw to the south, the rich, fleshy Per Cristina. Also very worthy, in descending order of value for money, are Barbera, Dolcetto and Arte.