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Barolo Close-Out Opportunity - Elio Grasso, Domenico Clerico, and More - 04/11/2017 - Italy

Now in-stock and with prices up to 30% below market, this trio of Barolo from some of the region's finest producers is sure to fly off our shelves. With an ever-increasing demand for the finest from Piedmont, opportunities like these are become more and more scarce as time goes on. Make sure to grab your favorites while available.

Starting off is a tremendous "Caibot Mentin" from Domenico Clerico that nabbed a WA94+ score as one of the finest of the vintage. No vintage of any Clerico Cru is on today's market for less than $50. Mauro Veglio's 2010 "Arborina" usually goes for around $60, but we have this double 93-pointer from the amazing vintage for a modest sub-$40 price. And last is one of Piedmont's most exciting and dependable producers in Elio Grasso. The two-time 94-pointer is by far the lowest price you'll find it at and one of the great renditions of this cherished bottling.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2009 Domenico Clerico "Ciabot Mentin" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) 94 $39.99 View
2010 Mauro Veglio "Arborina" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) 93 $39.99 View
2011 Elio Grasso "Gavarini Chiniera" Barolo (Previously $80) 94 $49.99 View

2009 Domenico Clerico "Ciabot Mentin" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) ($39.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One notch down on the intensity ladder is the 2009 Barolo Ciabot Mentin. Less obvious and definitely more flirtatious, this gorgeous wine playfully dangles subtle hints of licorice, dark fruit, anisette and Middle Eastern spice in front of your nose. They morph and transform into something new and unexpected with each swirl of the glass. Theres enough flesh here to keep the wine grounded, but theres also enough tonic freshness to keep it from feeling heavy. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. 94+ Points (ML)" (06/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Less roasted than the Briccotto, offering aromas and flavors of cherry, mocha, coffee and spices. Less fat and full in the mouth but shows more lift and energy. A bit youthfully clenched, but the wine's firm tannic spine and impressive length suggest it will be a beauty with a few years of aging. Despite being situated at high altitude, these are the first Barolo vines Clerico picks. The acidity here is a very healthy 6.3 grams per liter. 93+ Points (ST)" (11/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "A beautiful ripeness of fruit here with dried strawberries and sliced mushroom aromas. Full body, with polished and round tannins and a cedar, mahogany and dried berry aftertaste. Needs at least two or three years of bottle age." (01/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh, vibrant red, with notes of eucalyptus, tea, cherry and leather notes are backed by dense, ripe tannins. Balanced on the firm side, with a coating of dusty tannins on the long finish. Give this some time. Best from 2017 through 2032. (BS)" (04/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Commune of Monforte dAlba. Concentrated ruby with orange tinges. Balsamic fruitcake and cardamom skin. Fine cherry fruit with a layer of coating tannins. Intense, long and with a hint of vanilla. Quite spectacular and modernist but executed with huge skill. 18/20 Points (WS)" (06/2013)

2010 Mauro Veglio "Arborina" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) ($39.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, dark red. Knockout pure, vibrant nose of dark fruits, espresso and flowers accented by pungent minerality. Youthful and stylish, with harmonious ripe acidity energizing the middle palate. This wine depends as much on its ripe, juicy acidity as on its suave, fine-grained tannins for shape and structure. In a rather Burgundian style, finishing very fresh but not reduced." (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Deeply colored and spicy, this features vanilla and resin accents to the black cherry and plum core. The tannins are assertive, but this gains richness and harmony with air. Tightly woven, with fine length. Best from 2017 through 2030." (05/2015)

92 points Vinous: "A firm vein of tannin runs through the 2010 Barolo Arborina. Bright, fresh and nicely delineated, the 2010 is endowed with gorgeous energy and vibrancy. There is plenty of Veglio's trademark softness in the glass to match the spine of Arborina. Mint, rose petals and sweet red berries linger on the finish. This is a beautiful vintage for the Arborina." (01/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Barolo Arborina shows a more evident oak presence especially at this young stage in the wines evolutionary course. Sweet flower, dried cherry, moist tobacco, Spanish cedar and exotic spice come into full view with a few swirls of the glass. Its overall fabric is thick and chewy with layers of dark fruit and toasted nut woven deep within. Drink: 2017-2030." (06/2014)

91 points James Suckling: "A Barolo with concrete, blackberry and cherry character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and refined finish. More elegant style of Arborina. Needs a year or two of bottle age: Drink in 2016." (08/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Alluring aromas including crushed flower, underbrush, espresso and subtle oak carry over to the palate along with raw cherry, roasted coffee bean and dried sage. It's still austere, with astringent tannins that give a drying finish. Drink 20182030." (10/2014)

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2011 Elio Grasso "Gavarini Chiniera" Barolo (Previously $80) ($49.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with lots of berry and chocolate character plus hints of walnuts. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Juicy finish. As good as the 2010. Better to drink in 2018." (04/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Grasso's 2011 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera captures the essence and personality of the year in its inviting, radiant personality. Bright red stone fruits, crushed rocks, pine, mint and flowers are all lifted and aromatically expressive in the glass. The Gavarini is already quite open and inviting. I imagine it will offer a wide window of pure drinking pleasure over the next 20 years or so. This is a striking Barolo from the Grasso family. (AG)" (03/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark berry, tobacco, leather and a balsamic note are some of the aromas you'll find on this stunning wine. The firm, full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, black pepper, licorice and chopped mint alongside youthfully assertive but refined tannins that need time to unwind. Drink 20212031. (KO)" (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera shows a terrific level of balance and harmony despite the warmer-than-average growing conditions in 2011. The bouquet here is generous and rich with shapely tones of spice, dark fruit, grilled herbs and dried flowers. It also excels in terms of its textural richness that is powerful and elegant at the same time. The wine should continue its bottle evolution over the next ten years. Now celebrating his 19th harvest, Gianluca Grasso describes some of the challenges of the hot 2011 vintage. In order to avoid overripe fruit, he opted for a shorter vegetative cycle and an early harvest. His maceration times were slightly shorter this vintage to avoid any harshness of tannins that may come from the seeds. In all, these careful decisions have helped to preserve that impeccable house style that distinguishes the wines of Elio Grasso. (ML)" (06/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Licorice, plum, tar and spice flavors mingle, getting support from dense, dusty tannins. There's brightness too, as this leaves a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. (BS)" (03/2016)