Established in 1881, Pio Cesare, now run by fifth generation Pio Boffa, was one of the very first producers to believe in the potential and quality of the great wines of Piemonte and to export to the UK. A ceaseless devotion to the individuality of each of the region’s wines informs Pio’s choices in the vineyards and cellar. He applies a ‘minimal intervention’ philosophy to wine making, creating wines that year after year, are ranked among the world’s best wines.
The grapes are sourced exclusively from the single vineyard ‘Il Bricco’ estate, one of the prime sites within the Barberesco appellation situated in the village of Trieso.
The grapes are hand-harvested, then gently pressed and fermented on the skins for 15 days at 25° to 26°C in stainless steel. 70% of the wine is then aged in mid-toasted French oak (a third new) for 30 months. The remaining 30% is aged in 20 to 50 hectolitre casks.
Heavy rainfall in spring built up water reserves with higher than average temperatures in April prompting early growth. The summer was warm, ending with high temperatures and early harvest.
Garnet in colour, with perfumes of dark berries and summer fruits with a touch of sweet spice, liquorice and herbal notes which follow to the palate. Rich, with delicious juicy fruit, fine tannins and a long, expressive finish with a touch of spice from the new oak.
Serve with red meat dishes, game or seasonal truffle, mature cheeses.
Serve at 16-18°C.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016: Gold Medal
Antonio Galloni: 93 Points
The 2011 Barbaresco Il Bricco is Pio Cesare’s top Barbaresco, and, as the name implies, emerges from the top of the family’s estate in Treiso. The Bricco also gets more barrique, although in recent years the malos have been done in steel rather than French oak, which gives the Bricco a greater element of classicism. Although less famous than either Barbaresco or Neive, Treiso is home to a number of stellar vineyards. The reality is that this fruit needs very little makeup. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2011 Bricco possesses explosive energy and firm tannins that need time to soften. A host of dark spice, iron, smoke, French oak and tobacco wrap around he intense finish.
Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte