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Grapes: Barbera

Production zone: Castello di Cigognola

Vineyard area: 12 ettari

Cultivation System: Guyot

Plant density: 4.000 ceppi per ettaro

Productions per hectare: 7 metric tons

Vinification: Maceration of 12/15 giorni

Alcoholic fermentation: In stainless steel

Malolactic fermentation: In large French oak barrels

Refinement: For 8 months in large barrels and then 8 months in the bottle

Alcohol content: 14,5% vol.



Deep ruby red in colour, fruity and fragrant to the nose. The taste is balance and elegant with clear sensations of correctly matured fruit. Final full, embracing and captivating on the palate.



Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2012

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2008


Guida Vitae (Associazione Italian Sommelier)

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2015


Viniplus (Associazione Italiana Sommelier di Lombardia)

2018 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2015 +

2017 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2014

2015 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2012

2014 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2011

2012 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2010

2012 Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2009


Vinibuoni d’Italia (Touring Club Italiano)

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2016


Gambero Rosso

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2014

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2013

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2012

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2011

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2007

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2006


Guida Oro – I Vini di Veronelli

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2015

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2013

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2011

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2010

Oltrepo Pavese Doc Barbera Dodicidodici 2008



Associazione Italiana Sommelier

Duemilavini 2011

A dynamic, enterprising winery, it will soon have production stock of 250,000 units, with capacity to efficaciously handle extension of the offer outside Italy. Another innovation for the future is the production of a red from Nebbiolo grapes. The seedlings of this Piedmonts variety will soon be transplanted, to bring this business objective to life. Returning to the tasting, we note the elevated quality of the labels, distinguished by a precise style which sublimates the extractions and concentrations of this great, generous vine which, as the two wines demonstrate from the very first sip, can conquer many gaining eternal love.


Typology: Red DOC – Grapes: Barbera 100% -Alcohol Content 14% -€ 11 – Bottles: 50,000 Deep, concentrated ruby appearance. The nose is impressed with intense notes of blackberry jam, sour black cherry syrup, blueberry, blackcurrant and then pepper, juniper berry and cocoa powder. Soft and succulent to the taste, with copious yet velvety tannin, fitting the gustative weave well. Intense fruity returns, coated in cocoa and spices. Aged for 8 moths in French oak 6.2 and 25 hectolitre barrels. Boiled beef.


Duemilavini 2010

The second year in the Guide for this young company, distinguished by a relative contained yet attentive production. Gian Marco Moratti, a protagonist of the world of wine for some time, thanks to his support to the development of the San Patrignano community, guides this reality with the passion and ability which are signs of the family DNA; the technical support of Riccardo Cotarella, an oenologist of great experience both in Italy and elsewhere, does the rest. The Barbera Poggio della Maga 2006, in a year which evokes high class wines throughout the peninsula, is a whisker from the very highest recognition, revealing gifts or complexity and measure, and highlighting the expert hand of the company équipe which selected great woods for vinification to accompany rather than alter the complexity of this great grape.


Typology: Red DOC – Grapes: Barbera 97%, Croatina 3% – Alcohol Content 14% -€ 11 – Bottles: 11,000 Compact ruby red with purple hints, with optimum luminosity. An intriguing bouquet is proposed: mature raspberry and blackcurrant, green spices and pepper, the whole rounded off with juniper berry, nutmeg, liquorice and cocoa. Soft in the mouth with pleasant sapidity, decidedly warm with adequate tannin still evolving. Vinification in steel and then aged in French oak for 8 months and then a further 8 months refinement in the bottle. Pappardelle with ragout.

Luca Maroni

Annuario dei Migliori vini 2010

The other wines

Barbera Dodicidodici 2007 – (94)
Consistency: 32    Equilibrium: 33    Integrity: 29

Concluding comments
Barberas from the Castello di Cigognola are now absolute archetypes of the variety. Wines of exceptional value, capable as they are of associating a very high tenor of all three basal qualitative parameters. The Dodicidodici 2007 Barbera is frankly of a consistency and softness which cannot be further improved. The Poggio della Maga 2006 Barbera is stably among the best Italian reds: its’ lost violet blueness, only at the chromatic level, is of admirable unreachable value. Then the suaveness which is silky, and an oenological cleanness, a residual oxidative integrity which is a lesson of itself and its’ lost mint sweetness which is blackberry. Hats off.

Overall qualitative indices

Overall Index of Perception: 95 (+2,15%); QQT(quantity per hundredweight): 6,3
Overall indices: C: 32,5    E: 33    I: 29,5


Annuario dei Migliori vini 2009

The other wines

Barbera Dodicidodici 2006 – (90)
Consistency: 32    Equilibrium: 30    Integrity: 28

Concluding comments
The Castello di Cigognola continues to astonish with its� reds of impenetrable depth and yet of harmonious flow. Attentive husbandry of absolute rigour: there is no other explanation for the viscosity, the marvel of colour, bouquet and aroma so consistently encountered. Oenology the same: such technical transformations as to not generate losses or alteration even in terms of ounces of the native heritage of humours. Here then the embracing, minty blackness of cassis in the Dodicidodici 2006 Barbera, then the pulpy, essential, divine liquor of blackberry and sweet spices on the Poggio della Maga 2005 Barbera. Red stable among the absolute best in Italy for the lost reserve of technical nature, weave and earthiness of the unimaginable, vanilla flavoured fruit. Chapeau.

Overall qualitative indices

IP complessivo: 93 (-2,11%); QQT: 6,1
Indici complessivi: C: 32,5    E: 31    I: 29,5


Luigi Veronelli

I vini di Veronelli 2011

Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2008 



I vini di Veronelli 2010

Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2006 



I vini di Veronelli 2009

Oltrepò Pavese Barbera Dodicidodici 2006 



Gambero Rosso

Vini d’Italia 2011

IThe Castello di Cigognola, owned by the Moratti family, is a historic structure on the foothills dominating the plain of the Pò. Current production is limited to Barbera grapes declined in two different wines, one more aged with greater contribution from the wood and a younger one, but the director, Emilio De Filippi, and Gian Marco Moratti, with the supervision of Riccardo Cotarella, plan on progressively extending the range, using Pinot Noir and the classical method. For the third consecutive year the leading Barbera (simply called Castello di Cigognola, while in ’05 it was denominated Poggio della Maga; the same whichever) easily won Three Glasses. The stylistic characteristics of the ’07 are coherent with its’ predecessors: wood of excellent quality, very pleasant vanilla and spices which do not overwhelm the cherry and sour cherry fruitiness, slightly over mature, very long final with notes of cinchona and liquorice. Simpler and easier drinking the Dodicidodici ’08 Barbera, with very mature fruitiness.


Vini d’Italia 2010

The Moratti family has invested a great deal in the Castello di Cigognola, a splendid structure in the foothills overlooking the plain towards Milan. For now production is limited to two Barberas, one more aged and the other younger, but project for the future, with the direction of Emilio De Filippi and supervision from Riccardo Cotarella, look to planting Pinot Noir which, it is presumed, will deliver at least one red and one Classical Method which we await with great curiosity. The Castello di Cigognola ’06 Barbera, formerly Poggio della Maga, presents a strong, bright ruby colour, with woods of excellent quality which give a spicy, balsamic under-taste to a nose of “Barberesque” intensity, in which the red fruits stand out in sharpness and integrity. The equilibrium is what most astonishes the palate. Easily Three Glasses. The Dodicidodici ’07 Barbera tends more to the violet in colour and shares with the older sibling the integrity of the fruit at the forefront, the good acid support, the equilibrium and elegance, even though simpler and younger.


Vini d’Italia 2009

Cloaked in a thousand years of history, since it was acquired by Gian Marco Moratti, the Castello di Cigognola has also become a winery with significant investments and whose great potential is only now beginning to emerge. Under the supervision of Riccardo Cotarella, with the work of the good Emilio Defilippi, so far the company has only offer Barbera, two versions from this year, but the project also foresees the Pinot Noir and production of classical method spumante. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy this Barbera which, since the 2005 year is called Poggio della Maga. If the ’03 and ’04 easily reached the final, the ’05 vintage easily won the Three Glasses. To be sure, the style is not typically Oltrepò, yet it is difficult not to appreciate the bright ruby colour still with violet hints, the perfect use of the wood, the clearness and integrity of the forest fruits, the equilibrium of structure and the acid component, and indeed the long persistence on the palate. Also excellent the Dodicidodici ’06 Barbera, which, on its’ first appearance, conquers with its’ persuasive chocolate notes, the right acidity and the harmonious ensemble.




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