2012 Serraboella Cigliuti
More herbal nose with liquorice, cherries, mint and floral touches. Palate delivers with nice rich grip of tannins and a sweet rich core of plums and blackberry, mineral and pure with great extract and delivery, impressive. L&S (Apr 2016)
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Elegant and intense, revealing cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors fused to a firm structure. Harmonious, with everything in the right proportion. Best from 2019 through 2033. Drinking range: 2019 - 2033 Rating: 94-94 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Nov 2016)
The 2012 Barbaresco Serraboella has closed down quite a bit since I tasted it last year, which is a good sign for the wine's potential longevity. The characteristic Serraboella depth emerges, but only with some reluctance. Readers will need to be patient, as the tannins remain formidable. The 2012 has all the potential to be one of the stars of the vintage, but it needs time. There is good brightness and freshness to the sweet red stone flavors as well as plenty of supporting tannin to reward cellaring. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 93+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Oct 2016)
The 2012 Barbaresco Serraboella is deep, fleshy and pliant, with lovely concentration and plenty of nuance, all in the mid-weight style of the year. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, mint and dark spices all meld into the supple finish. Readers will need to be patient, though, as the 2012s need time to fully come together. The 2012 was aged 70% in cask and 30% in tonneau. This is everything one could want from a Barbaresco from this part of the zone. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 93+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Dec 2015)
Sisters Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti took over the running of this vineyard from their father Renato. He was the first member of the family to begin bottling his own wine, back in 1964, roughly the same time as other pioneers in the region like Giacosa, but the family can trace its roots on this land back to the late eighteenth century.
Most of the vineyard and the winery is on the Serraboella hill, looking over Neive from the east, and it is the Barbaresco Serraboella which is the flagship wine of the estate. This hill, composed of calcareous marl and tufa soils, gives classic wines which combine the textural finesse of clay and the length and longevity of wines from limestone. The vineyards are tended by the family, by hand, with low yields to ensure full ripeness every year.
It is often lazily asserted that if Barolo is the King of Piedmontese wines Barbaresco is the Queen; which can unfairly suggest Barbaresco as the lesser of the two - it certainly isn't - and suggest a more feminine style to Barbaresco - which is rather hard to discern in reality. It is more in the way of a dual monarchy - two Kings, or Queens if you prefer, both can be big, both can be highly seductive. This is the intense and sensual world of Nebbiolo, where solid tannins vie unexpectedly well with delicate fruit, and where age unwinds ever more complex flavours. In this case we have a brace of wines from Cigliuti, wines that are surprisingly open in relative youth but offer much promise for the future; and a trio from the butch solid grippingly tannic world of Sottimano which cry out for a cool dark cellar and some patience.
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