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 this wine come exclusively from a selection of the family’s own vineyards in Diano d’Alba, La Morra, Collaretto and Lirano in Serralunga d’Alba and Rocche di Massalupo in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio.
The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed and fermented at 25 to 26°C. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, with skin contact for 12 days. The wine is then aged in medium-toasted French oak for 30 months: 20% in barriques, 80% in 20-50 hectolitre casks.
2016 was a traditional vintage. Winter was mild, followed by heavy snowfalls and very low temperatures, which slowed vegative recovery, which is always positive for the vine.
Spring began with beneficial heavy rainfall and temperatures below the seasonal average. This delay to the vegetive cycle continued until the harvest despite uncharacteristically high temperatures towards the end of summer. This beautiul weather and heat remained until October, leading to complete but gradual maturation. The 2016 Nebbiolos have excellent balance and structure, as well as good concentration of fruit aromas. they are intense ruby red in colour with a pleasant scent of ripe red fruits with sweet, intense tannings which bring fullness, elegance and a long finish.
Intense and ripe berry fruit along with mild and almost sweet tannins give this wine structure, fragrance and longevity. The wine is rich, full-bodied, with a hint of gentle toasting.
Ideal with steak tartar, truffle, mushroom dishes, duck, guinea fowl, veal, braised beef, cheese.
Serve at 16-18°C.
JamesSuckling.com: 92 POINTS
April 18, 2019, James Suckling
“This seems like a Barolo with the orange-peel and plum character, as well as the firm and chewy tannins. Medium body. Tight and linear. Aged in casks and barrels. Savory and juicy now, but better in 2021.”
Langhe DOC, Piemonte