Cork was a little dry, so I used a Durand opener. Medium garnet with just a slight browning on the edge. Floral, tarry and delicious aromas. The wine was balanced with minimal if any tannin. Drinking beautifully and I'd guess that as time passes it will lose a tad of fruit and gain an even better bouquet.
This is finally starting to drink well. The wood has gone, the tannins are as resolved as they'll ever be, the berry fruit is now the star of this wine, combined with savory spices and a hint of minerals. Great balance, not a power wine, but powerful nonetheless. Great expression of the vintage and the vineyard. This was the debut vintage for Percristina if I'm not mistaking. And what a debut it is. (Opened in the bottle about ten hours before tasting and tasted again the next day, with barely a hint of decline. So it'll probably keep for several more years, but I think it is now at peak. Drink it while the fruit is still there, but do not pop and pour, let it breath a few hours before drinking it.)
Drank with the 97 Scavino Fiasc... the wine was a lot more savory and has done a better job than the fiasc at absorbing new barrique influence... this is a very aromatic, acidic, slightly unripe tannin kind of wine that is at or near its peak. Could use some more power in its flavor punches but is quite finesseful in its complexity. For me on the 'excellent' 'outstanding' border.
I have poor luck with nebbiolo that I basically want to give up up trying and then a wine like this Clerico comes along and makes me want to get back in the hunt. This is an elegant wine. Great balance, length and great mouthfeel. There's nice depth and complexity and the wine transitions seamlessly from the attack to midpalate to the finish. It shows a lot of power but it still seems tight. The nose is less evolved than the palate. There's olive (maybe because I'm eating it with pasta), charcoal, mint and some vanilla I suspect is from the barrel. No tell-tale tar I could pick up. The palate was dark fruits, like plum and darker raspberry flavors, with some licorice. Tannins are smooth and add a nice kick to the finish. The palate is elegant but intense. If I owned any of this I wouldn't touch it for another five years at least. A Marc de Grazia Selection imported by Vin Divino Ltd.
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