A fantastically fresh and cool barbaresco in the 2010 vintage

The 2010 vintage is not as iconic here in Barbaresco as in Barolo, but still a very good one and only vineyards close to the Barbaresco town area, had difficulties with some late rains that diluted some vineyards. We must admit, we had the impression of Cigliuti being a modern producer using a lot of new wood and barriques which usually sets off the alarm for us in this area, but this wine proves to be only raised in Slavonian, neutral barrels (botte). In this case, we just had to admit that we were absolutely wrong and the wine is delicious. 🙂

2010 Barbaresco “Vigne Vie Erte” (Bricco di Neive), Fratelli Cigliuti


Dense red to crystalline blood-orange colour.

And yes, after just half and hour in the decanter, it awakens and blossoms with seductive white lilies, fresh details and down-tuned Asian spices. Yes, pretty, lovely and complex.

On the palate, what clearly makes this special is it’s unbelievably and outstandingly fresh, cool and clear acidity wrapping peach and sweet grape shells. Balance is great and this is already quite approachable, but obviously best in two years. Nevertheless, there is some tiny oak spiciness, but it is not disturbing the palate at all. Aromatics are dominated by loads of massive, dark and tasty blue plums and small and smudgy sweet wild, mature  and earthy strawberries, but here as well are peppers, nutmeg, Asian spices, just a little cinnamon adding gentle lime and crystalline minerals in a very majestic way. All of this is framed in tannins fine and soft that it still need time to polymerise from its current youthfully and tongue-spurring texture. Body is thin, feminine with precision and it is pleasantly persistent too.

A quite approachable wine with wonderful details, a delightful perfume, packed with ripe layers of fruit and unprecedentedly crisp, vivid and most importantly of all, acidity is really fresh. In Sweden you may buy these now, so don’t miss out! Very price-worthy at €32.


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