2015 Serraboella Cigliuti
Cigliuti's 2015 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Serraboella is very pretty. Inviting, pliant, with soft contours and lovely overall depth, the 2015 will drink well upon release. This is a relatively mid-weight, restrained style for the vintage. Sweet floral notes add perfume through to the finish. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next few years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2003 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2018)
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A big, rich wine, 2015 Barbaresco Serraboella is shaping up to be a real beauty. A host of dark cherry, plum, mocha, dark spice and leather overtones race from the glass in a sumptuous, ample Barbaresco that holds quite a bit of promise. Today, the French oak is a bit dominant, but I also tasted an approximate blend of the final wine, and not the final wine itself. It will be interesting to see where the 2015 ends up once it is in bottle, but there is plenty to look forward to. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2017)
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.
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 Sottimano's solid Langhe Nebbiolo from Barbaresco - a wine that outdoes many a grander offering - and the easily approachable Bricco Maiolica from vineyards between the two great regions of Barolo and Barbaresco. 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. We have, also, included in this case the unusual and delicious Mimmo from Le Piane at Boca in the far north-east of Piedmont - a plump and attractive Nebbiolo, Croatina and Vespolino blend.
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