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2008 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra
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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(Clerico is no longer using Ginestra on the label as of 2007: a change in the law recognized numerous crus, including Ginestra, but since many other growers use Ginestra on their labels, Clerico decided to name this wine after his own parcel):  Medium red.  Deeper and richer on the nose than the Pajana, with scents of redcurrant, mocha, dried flowers and earth.  Wonderfully deep, layered and sweet; lush but with good limestone lift.  This floods the palate with flavor and lingers with exceptional purity and persistence.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Great Barolo
by Fannin10580945
I am not by any means a Barolo expert, and I opened this one young in order to have it with a nice Italian beef stew (recipe from Fratelli Carli), but from my perspective, the Tanzer review is right on, especially after some air time. And, it was outstanding with the stew. I can only conclude that Cabernet Sauvignon got a bad bottle. Certainly this review did not come from the purveyors of this wine, but rather from one of the most conservative and respected wine reviewers on the planet.


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Nebbiolo based wines made outside the Langhe hills are often lost in the commotion over Barolo and Barbaresco. The provinces of Vercelli and Novarra in the northern reaches of the Piedmont area are home to wines like Carema, Ghemme, and Gattinara. The latter two wines are mostly Nebbiolo, which as traditionally been blended with...
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