The Pio Cesare estate enjoys a long family tradition dating back to 1881. Throughout the generations their wines have been made to the same exacting family standards producing consistently excellent vintages. Current owner Pio Boffa has inherited a history of commitment to quality and enhanced it further with the introduction of some modern techniques, like using barriques as well as botti in different proportions for his Barolos and Barbarescos, including the much awarded Barolo "Ornato" and Barbaresco "Il Bricco". Indeed, all Pio Cesare wines, including its Barberas and Dolcettos, are benchmark examples of their appellations.
A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony, elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long ageing potential. Barolo is such a great wine which should not be described as a “basic” or “regular” Barolo, simply because it does not have any additional indication on the label.
The Pio Cesare 2013 Barolo offers all of the plentiful qualities that make this such a memorable vintage. Because the growing season was slightly cooler compared to the two years preceding it, 2013 offers a great sense of freshness and brightness. Fruit was sourced from seven different vineyard sites (with much of it coming from Serralunga d'Alba). Starting in 2015, Monforte d'Alba fruit will be added. The tannins are tightly integrated within the firm fabric of the wine. Yet, the finish is round and supple. This Barolo offers characteristic aromas of wild berry, black truffle and cola. It is executed in a very traditional style with botte grande and a tiny part barrique to give the wine a tad more oxygen during its integration and aging process. Tasted: July 2017; Drink: 2018-2030; Rating: 95 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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