94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

REVIEWS

"A deep, dense Barbaresco, the 2011 Serraboella wraps around the palate with superb depth and structure. Dark red stone fruits, leather, tobacco, smoke, licorice and menthol are some of the many notes that shape in the glass. The 2011 boasts gorgeous depth and intensity from start to finish. Sweet floral and spice notes round out the super expressive finish. The 2011 should open up sooner than the 2010, but it also has more than enough denesity to drink well for many years. Overall, this is a relatively floral, delicate Barbaresco from the Serraboella district. The 2011 spent 26 months in oak, 70% tonneau and 30% in cask." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 94+ Points

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Nebbiolo
  • APPELLATION
    Piedmont, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

While there has been a tremendous buzz around 2010 Barolos, it's the 2011 Barbarescos that are gaining the attention of insiders and well regarded reviewers like Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media. Some would argue that the 2011s offer more appeal than 2010 Barbarescos.

I couldn't agree more after tasting several top cru 2011s at a trade event in San Francisco this past Spring. Today's offering really resonated with me as a standout. Dense and powerful, but with a remarkable lightness on the feet that just elevates the expressive fruit.

We have featured Nebbiolos from Cigliuti in the past. The 2012 Langhe Rosso we offered last year was flat our gorgeous and several clients re-ordered. Their "Seraboella" Cru Barbaresco takes it up a notch as a statement maker that deserves space in your cellar. It's one of the highest Galloni rated Cru Barbarescos of the vintage that stays under the $65.00 mark.

The great efforts of Barbaresco can tango with the big boys of Barolo, but more often than not they will offer a beguiling elegance that is rarely experienced with their more famous neighbor. Like with Barolo, new releases of top cru Barbaresco can soar above the $100+ mark. The Cigliuti pricing is respectable and a savvy pickup for the serious Langhe collector and enthusiasts alike.

Price View of Top Rated 2011 Barbarescos:

2011 Bruno Giacosa "Asili Riserva" - AG96+ |  To Be Released approx. $350 per
2011 Paitin's Sori Paitin "Vigne Vecchie" - AG94-96 | To Be Released appox. $90 per
2011 La Spinetta  "Vigneto Starderi - AG95 @ $140 per
2011 Cigliuti  " Seraboella" - Your Invino Price $64.99**

The winery has belonged to the Cigliuti family for four generations. The family used to only sell their grapes on the local market, until they bottled their first vintage back in 1964. It was Renato Cigliuti who changed the mind set of the family business by pushing the envelope to produce higher quality and long-lasting wines. Today, his daughters Claudia and Silvia oversee winemaking production and continue the family tradition. They consider themselves stewards of the land, work in the cellar is kept to a bare minimum and the wines are left to follow their own course.

For over 30 years, Renato Cigliuti was the only producer to give his Barbaresco the name of the Serraboella Cru. It's synonymous with the family name and heritage. The age of the Nebbiolo vines range from 25 to 55 years old. All fermentation and maceration is conducted in temperature controlled steel vats using only native yeasts. The blended pressed wine sees 26 months in a combination of older Slavonian oak cases, as well as mid-sized French casks.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Fratelli Cigliuti dates back to a time when Renato's father and his brother sold grapes and wine in bulk to local private customers. In 1964 Renato Cigliuti, the current owner & winemaker, inherited the estate and was the first to bottle his family's wine. The estate remains family owned and run, now into its fifth generation with daughters Claudia and Silvia. We produce approximately 30,000 bottles from our own vineyards of 6.5 hectares.
The Fratelli Cigliuti winery is situated on the Serraboella hill, 350 metres above sea level, overlooking the village of Neive, in the Langhe region of Piemonte, N.W. Italy. Neive is one of the three villages responsible for producing Barbaresco from the Nebbiolo grape. The territory of Langhe is characterised by hills, steep slopes and a predominantly calcareous clay soil. The climate is mainly continental, with important differences in microclimate depending on the site. This terroir brings minerality, complexity, personality and longevity to the wines.

The estate is made up of 5 hectares on Serraboella, and 1.5 hectares on Bricco di Neive. Serraboella, rich in calcareous clay, is planted with Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto; incorporating the single vineyard 'Campass'. The sandier Bricco di Neive is planted exclusively with Nebbiolo. The Cigliuti family tend the vineyards themselves, by hand, and in a way which respects the environment. Yields are kept low in order to harvest the finest fruit.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Bring on the risotto and wild mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil and topped with cornish game hen or rasted chickern.