2005 clerico tre vigne barbera
"Aromas of blackberry and lemon peel, with just a hint of wood. Full and very velvety, with a long, long finish. This is very serious Barbera. The best ever from Clerico. Drink now. 1,500 cases made." -91 points Wine Spectator
"Clerico is one of the most respected names in all Barolo, and his wines are renowned for both winemaking of the highest quality and for exceptional character, deriving from outstanding vineyard holdings in four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Bussia, Pajana and Mosconi. The Barbera d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba from this estate are an easy and affordable way to enjoy the genius of this winemaker, and represent two of the greatest wines made from those varietals."
"No systemic plant protection products (products which act by systemic transport â€“ through the sap of the plant) are used. Sulfur- and copper-based products are the most prevalent. No herbicides are used (the soil is tilled). When needed, only organic fertilizer (manure) is used. There is little use of fertilizers in order to keep the grape production per vine low. Very careful use of SO2 in the wines."
"The wine is made by Domenico Clerico and Massimo Conterno. The grapes are harvested from mid-September to mid-October. The color is . The nose is very intense, with raspberry and red currant notes. The flavors are soft, fresh, intense, persistent, long and pleasant finish. This wine would pair well with pasta dishes and cured meats." -Importer
This scored 89 points both by Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar. See the notes on Cellar Tracker here: http://www.cellartracker.com//wine.asp?iWine=433469