‘2018 promises to be a surprising quality vintage for the Langhe region, especially for Nebbiolo’
‘It can be considered a traditional vintage: not excessively hot, with a very good water supply. At Pio Cesare, these climatic conditions resulted in Barolo and Barbaresco wines of great structure and aromatic complexity. The wines show a remarkable acidity on the palate, silky tannins and a very long finish’, said Federica Boffa and Cesare Benvenuto in March when the 2018 Barolos and Barbaresco were about to be released in Italy.
We are now delighted to share the great reviews that Pio Cesare 2018s have just received from Jamie Goode!
Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2018 Piemonte, Italy 94/100
Aromatic and expressive with lovely red cherry and raspberry fruit. Very expressive with nice tannins and these melt into the juicy red fruits, with a nice savouriness. Some tea notes and lovely cherry and plum fruit. Has freshness and poise.
Pio Cesare Barbaresco Il Bricco 2018 Piemonte, Italy 95/100
Textured and rounded with nice edges, this has sweet cherry and raspberry fruit. There’s nice stern but fine-grained structure. This has lovely stony complexity with grippy tannins but also appealing fruit and a fine-grained structure. Real finesse here to this wine.
Pio Cesare Barolo 2018 Piemonte, Italy 94/100
30 months oak ageing with 90% in big botti and 10 in small oak. Some sappy hints here, and notes of iodine, blood, raspberries and cherries. Juicy but rounded with a seductive quality as well as a nice freshness. There’s a spicy, green hint to the red cherry fruit. Very fine.
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2018 Piemonte, Italy 95/100
This was the first estate they acquired in Barolo back in 1979, and the first vintage of this was 1985. Lovely density here with concentrated compact red cherry and raspberry fruit. Rounded with nice texture and good structure underneath the dense sweet fruit. Serious.
Pio Cesare Barolo Mosconi 2018 Piemonte, Italy 96/100
In Monforte d’Alba. Fresh and detailed with lovely purity and nice grainy tannin. Fine with tapered structure and red cherries and plums. Some roundness in the mouth with a hint of pepper. This has a real sense of elegance, finesse and purity. There’s some generosity and nice ripeness. The structure is hidden by the fruit at the moment.
Please find the full article here Pio Cesare: tasting the 2018 Barolos and Barbarescos with Cesare Benvenuto
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