This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. The winery is based in Alba, in the heart of Piemonte and is now run by Federica Boffa and Cesare Benvenuto, the fifth generation of the family. Pio Cesare developed Barolo’s reputation overseas in the 1950s by being one of the first producers to export the wine to the UK. The founder’s great grandson Pio Boffa was deeply convinced of the importance of cultivating and growing owned land to produce high quality wines and played a key role in the acquisition of vineyards in the same locations where Cesare Pio used to buy his grapes from. Today Pio Cesare owns 70 hectares in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco and makes wines in a style that manages to balance the best of the old with the best of the new. The estate includes most of the municipalities in the Barolo and Barbaresco areas.
The grapes for this wine come partly from family-owned vineyards in Treiso (Il Bricco) in the Barbaresco region and in Sinio (Val di Croce and Bricco dello Stornello).
The grapes are hand-picked and then gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel vats at cool temperatures to retain the aromatic qualities of the varietal. The wine is then aged in stainless steel until bottling the following March.
A very well balanced vintage with long sun-hours and the desired amount of rainfall especially after two years of water shortage that put the vines under considerable stress. Summer was marked by two heatwaves at the end of June and at the end of July. September began with hail causing some damage fortunately localized. This resulted in a slight drop in production volumes but the fruit was of really good quality.
Deep coloured, the Dolcetto has lovely berry and black cherry fruit with a slight herbal undertone. Fragrant and structured with good body and a touch of spice on the finish.
Mushroom or beetroot dishes, tomato based pasta, pizza or truffle dishes.
Best served at cellar temperature.
JamesSuckling.com: 91 POINTS
November 7, 2019, James Suckling
“Blackberry and tile character to this. Medium body, light tannins and a pretty finish. Black olives, too. All from top villages in the region. Drink now.”
Langhe DOC, Piemonte