1999 Clerico, Barolo, Ginestra, Ciabot Mentin (RT93+) Slow O’d for the day, then decanted about two hours prior to serving. Moving from the Barbarescos to the Barolos highlighted the more masculine side of Nebbiolo, especially with the structure of this Monforte behemoth taking control of your senses. Massively proportioned and seriously mentholated, layers of black cherry, eucalyptus and rose petal lead the charge. With time in the glass a vein of minerality punctuated by well-integrated, lightly toasted oak shine through. A few more years in the cellar should allow for a more harmonious integration. On the palate it is a bit stingy, showing enough compact elements to suggest it remains somewhat closed right now. Great potential here, but in need of another 5-8+ years of bottle development to shows its potential. Drink 2017-2040+