Nebbiolo Italy Piedmont Barbaresco Red Wine
1 x 2004 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Barbaresco
1 x 2005 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Barbaresco
1 x 2007 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Bricco di Neive Barbaresco
The thing about Nebbiolo from Piedmont – be it Barbaresco or Barolo – that gets under my skin is that they can take forever to open up and become ready to drink. A current release from a good producer will be tight and austere for ages, only lifting its skirt after years have passed in one's cellar. I've got to admit, I'm an impatient girl by nature, and this has led to more than one or two bottles being opened before their prime. I'm always left disappointed and feeling a tad guilty, as if I should have had more restraint.
On that note, I've found a winning solution: this mini-vertical pack of three different vintages. Each has its own personality and at least one bottle is ready to go right now. It's my pleasure to present the Cigliuti Barbaresco Vigne Erte from the 2004, 2005 and 2007 vintages.
Winemaker Renato Cigliuti has been making estate-bottled Barbaresco since 1964, and nowadays his two daughters, Claudia and Silvia, run the show. Hailing from the Bricco di Neive cru, Vigne Erte is made with relatively young vine fruit and makes for a particularly pretty and earlier drinking version of the venerable Bricco di Neive vineyard's typical Nebbiolo. With a little bottle age from the 2004 and 2005 vintages, sippers find gorgeous Barbaresco in varying stages of maturity, with the 2005 drinking particularly well today. The brawny 2007 is ripe, lush and not yet approaching maturity, still very much a baby.
This medium garnet-colored wine has intense viscosity, which points toward its full-bodied style. A ripe, profoundly perfumed nose radiates aromas of orange peel, red rose petal, dried cherry and a distinctive gamy note. This is one juicy, silky, red fruit-laced Barbaresco on the palate. The tannins are gripping, as one would expect, but approachable, and the acidity is fresh and mouthwatering. This vintage of the Vigne Erte will cellar for another eight to 10 years, although it is presently very expressive. Though not quite a baby, I would still decant this wine in advance of serving in large, ballooned glassware. Pour it with roast veal or even Chinese tea-smoked duck.
2004 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Barbaresco
"Rich and intense aromas of ripe plum, mushroom and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a delicate, pretty, fruity finish. Hard not to drink now, but better in year or two. Best after 2009."
—James Suckling (2008)
This is distinctly earthy and savory, with lots of wild mushroom and game aromas. The tannins are soft and approachable, and the acidity slightly less mouthwatering. The 2005 vintage is generous and drinking really well right now. I would love to sip this wine with fresh egg pasta tossed with roasted porcini mushrooms or roasted game bird and creamy polenta.
2005 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Barbaresco
"Ripe strawberry, with hints of cherry and flowers. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and rich fruit. Tight and firm. Needs time. Best after 2010."
—James Suckling (Dec. 2008)
This vintage is showing lots of dark red fruit and smoky, spicy oak character. Chocolate-covered cherry, bitter cocoa and blackberry flavors will appeal to newly initiated Piedmont sippers. This is an approachable, almost New World style of Nebbiolo, which can be attributed to the ripe, blockbusting 2007 vintage. The fruit is intense and attractive, and there is currently a lot of oak showing on the palate. I suggest cellaring this bottle for at least another three years to allow the oak to fully integrate. Decant at least an hour in advance and sip slowly to enjoy the flavors as they constantly shift in the glass.
2007 Cigliuti Vigne Erte Bricco di Neive Barbaresco
"Macerated cherry, plum, wild herb, eucalyptus and tobacco aromas and flavors highlight this wild red. Full-bodied and powerful, ending with muscular tannins. Sacrifices finesse for exuberance. Best from 2013 through 2028."
—Bruce Sanderson (March 2011)
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