2012 Vie Erte Cigliuti
The 2012 Barbaresco Vie Erte is soft, succulent and quite enjoyable today. Sweet red cherry, cranberry, orange peel and white pepper give the Vie Erte its distinctive, high-toned personality, an impression that is reinforced by the vibrant, pulsating tannins. I imagine the 2012 will always retain its slightly nervous personality, but I would also prefer to drink it on the early side given its mid-weight structure. Expressive floral and tobacco notes reappear on the expressive finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 92+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Oct 2016)
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Our introduction to the wines of Cigliuti was a bottle (followed over the ensuing months by several more) of their ‘Briccoserra, a 50/50 Barbera and Nebbiolo blend, many years back in Giuseppe Turi’s restaurant ‘Enoteca Turi’. We had remained fans from a distance, and are delighted now to be able to work so closely with the family. Sisters Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti have now taken 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.
Bottled just a month ago, the 2012 Barbaresco Vie Erte is quite closed and compact today, especially in feel, but the classic red-toned profile of Erte is very much present in the glass. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, orange peel, mint and white pepper give the 2012 an attractive upper register and a level of delineation that is unusual in this vintage. The steep site, planted just in 1997, has really begun to come around and produce fabulous wines. The Vie Erte was aged entirely in cask. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Dec 2015)
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