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.
An unusually hot summer excellerated the start of the growing season. Fortunately, rain at the end of August cooled things down and slowed the ripening process. A dry autumn led to a delayed harvest, as well as wines with balance and freshness.
Bright garnet in colour with perfumes of dark berries and summer fruits, a touch of sweet spice, liquorice and herbal notes. 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.
JamesSuckling.com: 98 POINTS
November 9, 2016, James Suckling
“The purity to this wine on the nose is fantastic with rose petals, blackberries and blueberries. Very subtle. Tight and linear thanks to super tannin quality and a long, long finish. It goes on for minutes. What enchanting length and persistence here. Better in 2019 but so wonderful now.”
Wine Spectator: 93 POINTS
September 1, 2016, Bruce Sanderson
“Spicy, warm and dense, with a firm structure lending austerity. Cherry, strawberry, tobacco and earth notes join together on the tight and vibrant finish Best from 2019 through 2032.”
Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte