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.
Pio Cesare own 52 hectares of vineyards in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco, including some of the prime sites for growing Nebbiolo including 16 hectares of the ‘Ornato’ vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the best vineyards in the Barolo area. In 1985, Pio Cesare decided to select a small quantity of Nebbiolo from three different plots within the vineyard to create a Barolo that reflects the characteristics of Serralunga soil. The soil here is poor and compact, resulting in a wine of great structure and ageing potential. “Ornato” is only produced in outstanding years.
The grapes are hand-picked. After pressing, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel with skin contact for 15 days and aged in mid-toasted French oak for 36 months, 50% in new barriques and 50% in 25 hectolitre casks.
“2010 is a classic Piemontese vintage producing wines rich in tannin, not dissimilar to 2008, it is a vintage that will certainly impress Barolo lovers”, says Pio Boffa of Pio Cesare. In contrast to 2009, the wines are richer and more structured with more ageing potential. The temperatures throughout the growing season were cool, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly enhancing the aromatic expression of the grapes. At Pio Cesare, harvest took place from 1st-10th October assisted by sunny days which allowed the grapes to mature to perfection. The grapes harvested were healthy, producing wines with excellent purity of fruit and finesse.
A classic Barolo, with excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it also has a great ageing potential. Floral notes and tar combine with sweet cherry fruit and spice. Polished tannins and a long, mineral finish.
Serve with red meat dishes, game or seasonal truffle, mature cheeses.
Serve at 16-18°C.
James Suckling: 96 Points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous: 96+ Points
Barolo DOCG, Piemonte