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 for the ‘Fides’ come from the family-owned ‘Colombaro’ vineyard near the famous Ornato Estate in Serralunga d’Alba. ‘Fides’ is the Latin for ‘trust’ or ‘faith. A true act of faith and trust was made by the family when, they planted Barbera, instead of Nebbiolo from which a great Barolo could have been produced instead.
The grapes are hand-picked. The grapes are gently pressed and fermented at 25° to 26°C. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, with skin contact for 10 days. The wine is then aged in medium-toasted French oak for 20 months: 80% in barriques, 20% in 20 hectolitre casks.
Heavy rainfall in spring built up water reserves with higher than average temperatures in April prompting early growth. The summer was warm, ending with higher temperature and early harvest. This heat reduced the Barbera’s usual acidity, but increased the sugar levels and phenolics, giving excellent structure and balance.
Wonderful perfumes of black and blue berries, with some leather and clove notes. Full of ripe fruit flavours, this wine concentrated and balanced with impressive length and a silky finish.
Serve with grilled pork, lamb shanks, mushroom risotto, steak.
Serve at 16-18°C.
93 Points James Suckling, July 2013
Langhe DOC, Piemonte