I tasted this 4 years ago at a Brunello tasting where we opened a Barolo for comparison. I rated it 94 at that time and went out and purchased a bottle from my local wine merchant. My daughter and her best friend were up from NYC for dinner and she wanted to try Italian wines so this was to be the wine of the evening with dinner. We started with a 2009 Crognolo and then a 2005 Falesco Marciliano Cab blend from Umbria, which ended up becoming WOTN. The Clerico was a bit flabby and didn't provide the aromatic fireworks I recall from the bottle we had 4 years ago, sourced from the same place. Sometimes it seems you can hold a wine too long.
Madonna di Campilio Ski Trip; 1/16/2015-1/18/2015 (Madonna di Campilio): From Magnum and decanted for like 1.5 hours. Getting better and better and definitely has improved since 2012 when we came across this (Again in Magnum and Rated 93). Much more open and retty much ready from the word go. Dark in colour, dense. On the notes, violets, dark fruit, cherry. The oak is almost fully assimilated. On the palate it has depth and complexity and evern traditionalists like us loved the character of ths wine. Much like its siblling the Percristina (Papies 95) is in a great place but this one need a touch more time to develop its true potential. Great wine still and the future will only get better. 94-95
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(Clerico Barolo Ginestra) It was truffle season, so we complemented a great pasta and truffle course with a 2001 Clerico Barolo Ginestra. Ironically, I had just had this wine four days prior in New York. It both started my week in New York and my weekend in Europe. It was classic Piedmont with its nose of leather, tar and pine nuts. Gil observed, ‘tomato salsa.’ There was lots of intense structure and great black fruits along with a hint of black jam, anise and mint chocolate. Kelly found ‘a lot of oak.’ The palate was thick on its finish, and a lot of oak did linger on its backside. It hinted at flavors of leather, tar and anise. The finish was smackingly good in that Barolo way
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