2005 CIGLIUTI BARBARESCO SERRABOELLA:
"The 2005 Barbaresco Serraboella is an intense wine bursting with primary dark fruit and sweet toasted oak. The tannins remain fairly imposing, but the fruit is also fresh, suggesting the wine will age gracefully. This imposing Serraboella is impressive for its breadth and concentration. The wine was aged in a combination of 20-hectoliter casks and smaller French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022." -92 points- Antonio Galloni- Wine Advocate
"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 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."
"The vineyards face the southwest and the vines have an average age of 30 years old. Harvest occurs in September. Fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks and one part of the wine is aged in 2000 liter Slavonian oak casks and another part in barriques and tonneaux. This wine has the possibility to age for 20-25 years. Pair this with red meat, game and aged cheeses." -Winery
2006 DOMAINE MOULIN TACUSSEL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE ROUGE:
"This shows a solid core of dark fig and boysenberry fruit, but it's open-knit, with incense, mesquite and braised beef hints checking in on the back end. Drink now through 2018. 830 cases made." -90 points Wine Spectator
"Henri Tacussel, a close friend of Baron Le Roy of Chateau Fortia, sold his estate Alberte and Robert Moulin in 1976. The Moulin-Tacussel cellars are located in Chateauneuf's town center. They started estate bottling their wine in 1985."
"Covering 7.85 ha (including 0.6 ha of white wine varieties), Moulin-Tacussel has 11 plots scattered across the appellation. They produce two red and one white Chateauneuf du Pape. The regular red Chateauneuf du Pape is made from 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and a 10% mix of Cinsault, Counoise, and Muscardin. The grapes are completely destemmed, and the is aged for 12 months in foudres and small oak barrels. The average age of the vines is 40 years old." -Harry Karis, the Chateauneuf du Pape Book