2018 Domenico Clerico Langhe Nebbiolo Capisme
The late Domenico Clerico’s passing left behind an enormous set of boots to fill, and the larger-than-life legacy he created in the Barolo region will live on, expressed through an unrivaled collection of wines that represent the terroir of his native Monforte d’Alba. Along with his incredible expressions of Barolos from the Ginestra MGA comes a very singular version of Langhe Nebbiolo. Named ‘Capisme-e’, or ‘Understand Me’ in Piemomtese, it is a word Clerico called the ‘key to his personal expression of Nebbiolo. ’ Aiming for a pure window into the grape that shows the remarkable personality of Monforte d'Alba, there’s no wood aging at all here- just vivid, elemental and classically expressed Nebbiolo. Camphor-y, spicy and brightly tannic, it reveals its charms only slowly but with relentless precision. Maybe save it for your Christmas braised beef instead of your Thanksgiving turkey, but, really, it’s a very impressive bottle of Nebbiolo!