2014 Serraboella Cigliuti
18 months in oak Black cherry, dark chocolate, blackberry, myrtle, lovely concentration. Palate is crisp and bright with cherry and blackberry once more, good extract, nicely structured tannins, with good length. L&S (Apr 2017)
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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.
Piedmont has the distinction of making, not only some of Italy's greatest wines, but also of using grape varieties rarely found elsewhere. The undisputed king of these varieties is the very noble Nebbiolo, in this case represented by Andrea Oberto's bright but solid Langhe Nebbiolo, a wine that outdoes many a Barolo. Piedmont's staple red variety is, however, Barbera with its juicy cherry fruit and often surprising body. Dolcetto - the "little sweet one" - is always densely coloured but often at the simpler fruitier end of things; not so Luigi Einaudi's beefy Barolo-alike Vigna Tecc. We have, also, included in this case the unusual Le Piane from the far north-east of Piedmont, from an almost obsolete region - Boca - and a mostly obscure variety - Croatina, backed up with Nebbiolo and Erbalauce; recognisably Piedmontese but with a gentler thoughtful edge.
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