Domenico Clerico is one of the most well-respected legends in Barolo and his wines have long been celebrated for their extraordinary richness and striking aromatics. The estate is situated in Monforte d’Alba, right in the heart of Barolo, with outstanding vineyard holdings in four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Pajana, Mosconi, and Bussia. When Domenico first embarked on his great wine adventure in 1976, his priority was working among the vines, convinced that in order to make great wine one must care for the vineyard with love and dedication. His passion and love for the land resulted in wines of the highest quality and exceptional character. Sadly, he passed away in July of 2017 after years of battling brain cancer. Though he has passed, his legend lives on and his strong winemaking team is only improving on what Domenico mastered. The estate is best known for his Nebbiolo based wines, however Domenico’s expression of both Dolcetto and Barbera are among the greatest wines made from these grape varietals. Oscar Arrivabene now stands at the helm of the vineyards and cellar, having worked side by side with Domenico for the past five years. Working in some of the most coveted wine regions and cellars throughout Italy, Oscar has brought his knowledge and experience from outside of Piedmont and has helped to make significant adjustments and improvements in the winery and vineyards. As a team over the past years, Domenico and Oscar brought the wines to a level they have never been before. Today, as Oscar takes the winery forward, he carries on Domenico’s vision and dream of making pure wines that fully express the true character and potential of the land.
Elegant wines made for aging, they are sincere and significant wines typically released 10 years after harvest.
Percristina is a wine that is very significant, honoring Domenico’s only child Cristina who passed in a tragic accident. Domenico decided he would only produce this wine in vintages that were worthy of her name and release after a decade of aging in barrel and bottle. Today this wine celebrates his legacy as well as her beautiful spirit.
Maceration on skins for 20-25 days.
Aged for 3 years barrique, constant tastings to select the best barriques, then assembling in barrel. 2 years in barrel (25 hL), 5+ years in bottle.