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 family owned vineyards in Treiso (Il Bricco, San Stefanetto and Bongiovanni) and in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio (Rocche di Massalupo).
The grapes are hand-harvested, then gently pressed and fermented on the skins for 20 days at 25 to 26°C in stainless steel. 35% of the wine is then aged in mid-toasted French oak (a third new) for 30 months. The remaining 65% spends three years in 20 to 50 hectolitre casks.
This vintage has extraordinary elegance, complexity and character. Silky and intense bouquet. Full body, great structure, right tannins, incredible aging potential, precise and classic Nebbiolo style. The wine has sweet and very elegant tannins.
Serve with red meat dishes, game or seasonal truffle, mature cheeses.
Serve at 16-18°C.
The Wine Advocate: 92+ POINTS
June 28, 2019, Monica Larner
“The Pio Cesare 2015 Barbaresco offers a mid-weight approach and a solid core of fruit. That dark fruit center is surrounded by supple but delicate tones of exotic spice, smoke, tar, licorice and crushed stone. This is a fragrant and elegant expression that drinks beautifully straight out of the gate. This is a classic Barbaresco with an easy and approachable personality.”
Decanter: 91 POINTS
May 7, 2019
“The label states: ‘Please don’t call it “Regular”‘. Pio Boffa doesn’t see this as a ‘basic’ or ‘regular’ bottling of Barbaresco, rather referring to it as the estate’s ‘classic’ bottling, as opposed to the single-vineyard Il Bricco. And it’s certainly ‘classic’ in outlook: the wine is matured for 24-30 months in mostly large oak botti, with a small amount in barrique. Sourced from four vineyards, three of which are in Treiso – the most elevated Barbaresco village – this has very fine, ripe yet fresh tannins with some gentle, savoury-edged red fruits. There’s a slight strawberry plushness on the finish. A great match for lamb served pink.”
JamesSuckling.com: 95 POINTS
September 24, 2018, James Suckling
“A dense and layered red with plums, dried orange and lemon peel and a long and flavorful finish. Beautiful. Such impressive layers and a fantastic finish. Very exciting. Love the length. Available in February 2019. Drink in 2020, but already beautiful.”
Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte