Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 2010 - 750ml

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98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Here's a very special treat. The Domenico Clerico 2010 Barolo Per Cristina has the magic touch. With the benefit of 10 years since the harvest (with 18 months in barrique, three years in botte and five years in bottle), it offers a unique tasting experience that takes you down the proverbial rabbit hole of Nebbiolo nuances, with shifting flavors and intensity. I did not find this wine to be at all mature or oxidized, indeed I admire the brightness and freshness of its primary aromas that are very much intact and appear younger than their real age. You get dark cherry, fig, spice, tar and earth. The tannins are tucked into the silky fiber of the wine, and although you can sense that some of that power comes from the aging, the oak tannins are elegantly integrated. Per Cristina is located in the Mosconi cru with vines planted in 1968 at 240 to 280 meters above sea level. It is the estate's oldest vineyard, and the vines are known to produce small berries and concentrated fruit flavors.

95pts Wine Spectator

This red is beginning to show signs of maturity, yet remains a youngster. Mellowing aromas of leather, tar, spice and macerated fruit are offset by youthful exuberance, vibrant acidity and dense, monolithic tannins. Finds a nice equilibrium in the end, with a long finish. Be patient. Best from 2022 through 2043.

Winemaker Notes

Dark in color with intense aromas of balsamic, tar, licorice, tobacco, and jam. The palate is powerful, rich, and opulent with a full body and a tannic finish.