2016 Serraboella Cigliuti
Less pronounced darker more fleshy nose, blackberry, cherry fruit, again spicy, savoury and full. The palate is full of rich tannin, layered with deeply fleshy blackberry and black cherry fruit, earthy, spicy and concentrated, great acid undertow, impressive balance and built for the long haul. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 L&S (Apr 2019)
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Smokey and full, modernist barbaresco, chocolate and forest floor with dense chinese tea and dried rose petal. Soft, full and fleshy on the palate, there is good tannic grip here and the wine will age memorably for many years. A very muscular Barbaresco. RS: Smokey and full, modernist barbaresco, chocolate and forest floor with dense chinese tea and dried rose petal, dark coloured chocolate with firm structure and grippy tannins. BW: Pretty strawberry fruit, fresh acidity but intense with great complexity. Well integrated oak even if a little grippy on the finish now. Great potential to age. AH: Massive wine on both the nose, in its impenetrable colour and on the palate. 2016 was an amazing year but surprised still to see this colour, high alcohol and density. Yet, underneath, this still shows some of the classic nebbiolo fragrance. Soft, full and fleshy on the palate, there is good tannic grip here and the wine will age memorably for many years. A very muscular Barbaresco. Blind tasted by Ronan Sayburn MS Beth Willard Andy Howard MW (at Decanter's Wines of the Year tasting, London, 15 Oct 2020) Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 96 Andy Howard MW, Decanter (Oct 2021)
The 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella is rich, powerful and explosive, with tremendous depth. A Barbaresco of structure and intensity. Just as it showed from barrel, the 2016 is powerful and imposing, with layers of deeply-pitched, balsamic aromas and flavors woven into its virile, tannic frame. Readers will have to be patient with the 2016, as it is nowhere near ready. Once again, the Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella is one of the stand outs of the year. Drinking range: 2024 - 2041 Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2018)
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.
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