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 rain in the winter months replenished water reserves in the soil. This meant that later in the year, when the weather was extremely hot and dry, especially in mid-August, the vines did not suffer hydric stress. Consequently, harvest was brought forward but the wines produced were elegant and well-balanced.
Ruby red in colour, the Il Bricco 2009 has an array of aromas from dark berry fruit, raspberry with underlying liquorice and herbal notes which follow to the palate. Rich, with delicious juicy fruit, super 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.
95 Points James Suckling
Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte