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Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2016

Producer Information

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.

Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come are sourced from the family owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba (Ornato e Colombaro), Sinio (Val di Croce), Diano d’Alba and Treiso (Bongiovanni) and since the 2015 vintage from the recently acquired plot in Monforte d’Alba (Mosconi).

Winemaking

The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed and fermented at 25 to 26°C. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, with skin contact for 15 days. The wine is then aged in medium-toasted French oak barriques (25%) and 20-50 hectolitre casks (75%) for 11 months.

Vintage Information

2016 was a traditional vintage. Winter was mild, followed by heavy snowfalls and very low temperatures, which slowed vegetative recovery, something which is always positive for the vine. Spring began with beneficial heavy rainfall and temperatures below the seasonal average. This delay to the vegetative cycle continued until the harvest despite uncharacteristically high temperatures towards the end of summer. This beautiful weather and heat remained until October, leading to complete but gradual maturation The 2016 Nebbiolos have excellent balance and structure, as well as good concentration of fruit aromas. They are intense ruby red in colour with a pleasant scent of ripe red fruits with sweet, intense tannins which bring fullness, elegance and a long finish.

Tasting Note

Aromas of blackberries, plums and ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and tobacco. On the palate this wine is supple and juicy with a great fruit and complexity.

Food Pairing

Serve with pork chops, braised lamb dishes, mushroom risotto, pizza or pasta with sausage, meat balls.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 16-18°C.

Langhe DOC, Piemonte
100% Barbera
Natural Cork
14.50%
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