Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cigliuti Family

"Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do".

Looking back over the past year, I can honestly say that many of my happiest "wine moments" are credited to the family-owned wineries I'm so honored to help in Texas (LIOCO guys I consider you family owned too!), but WOW Indigenous Selections continues to blow my mind with the quality of their producers and the respect and business sense they bring to the wine-table.  I kid you not, I haven't sipped on a single bottle of wine in their very selective portfolio from Italy that I haven't fallen in love with. Some more than others, but every time a new cork is pulled from one of their producers a smile appears.  My latest Italian discovery...the phenomenal wines of Cigliuti. 

The Cigliutii story is similar to the Pellegrini's history in California. From their website: "Renato Cigliuti’s family has been farming vineyards and producing wines in Barbaresco since 1790. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that they began bottling and selling their own wines, just 300 bottles of Barbaresco. Renato was one of the first in the area to do so, together with Giacosa and a few other estates.

Today, Renato steers the course for Cigliuti but is assisted in the cellar by his wife Dina, and daughters, Claudia and Silvia— a talented and a well-matched team. The winery is located at the top of the Serraboella hill. Today Serraboella is an official Barbaresco subzone and the most important vineyard in the eastern part of the municipality of Neive, thanks largely to the progress made by Renato himself. For decades, Cigliuti’s name has been synonymous with expressive Barbarescos from Serraboella, of the utmost quality, and will continue to be for decades to come." ...Read more here

Cigliuti Dolcetto d’Alba DOC - from the famed Serraboella vineyard in Neive, Barbaresco. Vines are roughly 20 years old. Wine is aged for 8 months in stainless-steel tanks. (if you follow Parker you'll be pleased with his reviews and scores).

Claudia Cigliuti will be visiting Texas for the first time ever, actually Austin just for a short time, but am I proud to show off the town to her while showing off her family's wines to all the best Austin wine folks...Cheers - Ali

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