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Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont
$150.00 per Bottle
"1996 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra-The 1996 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is a wine of extraordinary balance. It displays a captivating, nuanced nose of menthol, spices, cocoa, oak, and licorice followed by layers of dark fruit that continually unfold in the glass. The tannins have softened somewhat, but this remains a young wine in need of a few more years of cellaring. If I had to pick one wine that captures this producer at his very best, the 1996 Ciabot would be at the top of my list. I fell in love with this wine when it was released and it never ceases to amaze for its superb elegance and harmony. 96/drink after 2008, 10/05 My most recent visit provided an opportunity to taste a few wines I had previously tasted from tank before their bottling in during the summer of 2005. I also had a chance to re-taste the current Barolo releases, as well as a few older wines with Domenico Clerico late last year in New York. It was an interesting as well as educational experience to re-visit the 1996s and 1998s as both vintages appear to still be on the young side. These are among the finest of the more modern-styled wines, and readers who appreciate this producer's style will want to secure bottles of the older vintages while they are still available. My favorite wine has typically been the Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, which comes from vines planted at 400 meters with a south to southeast exposure, which gives the wine its characteristic explosive aromas. The Pajana comes from vineyard at 300 meters in altitude, with a due south exposure, and as would be expected, it is a less perfumed on the nose, but rounder and lusher on the palate. Clerico's Percristina is produced from old vines planted in the south-facing Mosconi cru. Stylistically I find it more similar to the Pajana, though the older vines give this wine a more concentrated profile along with heady, exotic aromas and flavors." Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar
Drink from: 2008
"Shows fabulous fruit on the nose, with raspberry and blackberry, that follows through to rose and other flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very fresh and bright, yet complex. From magnum.--1996 Piedmont retrospective. Best after 2008. 1,065 cases made." Wine Spectator