Clerico Domenico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1996
96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): 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 th is 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. Drink after 2008. (Jan 2006)
What a beautiful bouquet, as intense black cherry and blackberry intermingled, while sweet spice, dried roses, licorice and moist earth invaded the senses. It was dark and luxurious yet still graceful and even feminine. On the palate, it opened like silk yet quickly firmed up showing focused dark red fruit, spice and saline minerality. There was still plenty of structure that stayed through the long finish with residual flavors of dried fruits and cedar.