Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG Vintage 2015
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Vineyards: Our family-owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba (Ornato, La Serra and Briccolina), Grinzane Cavour (Gustava and Garretti), La Morra (Roncaglie), Novello (Ravera) and, since the 2015 vintage, our recently acquired vineyard in Monforte (Mosconi). This wine has been always and traditionally produced by our Family with grapes coming from different regions. This is the classic “formula” used by the ancient Barolo Families to produce a wine which embraces and combines each of the unique characteristics of the different vineyards and terroirs of the Barolo area.
Vinification: In stainless steel; skin contact and maceration for about 25-30 days.
Ageing: In large French oak “botti” for about 30 months; for a small amount in barriques as well.
Notes: A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony and elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long ageing potential. Barolo is a great wine, which should not be described as a “basic” or “regular” Barolo, simply because it does not have any additional indication on the label.
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94 POINTS – WINE ENTHUSIAST
Camphor, cedar, mature berry and pipe tobacco aromas are front and center. The full-bodied, linear palate shows strawberry compote, wild cherry, licorice and white pepper framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2027
94 POINTS – THE WINE ADVOCATE. MONICA LARNER
The 2015 Barolo is a beautifully balanced and tight expression of Nebbiolo that hits all the right spots on the palate, from the side of the mouth where you taste the acidity to the back where you get a sense of the wine’s structure and integrated tannins. That freshness could pair well with a steak in pepper cream sauce. Long skin maceration times are followed by oak aging, partially in botti with a smaller part in barrique
96 POINTS – JAMES SUCKLING
Complex aromas of smoke, ash and dark fruits with a precision and intensity. Layered and gorgeous. Loads of dark fruit and perfume. Full-bodied with round and wonderfully polished tannins. Wonderful length and richness. Goes on for minutes.
Try in 2023 but already good now
91 POINTS – DECANTER
2015 saw drought conditions in late June and July but there were reserves of water from earlier heavy snow in winter and heavy rain in mid-May. Like the Barbaresco, Pio Cesare prefer to call this its ‘classic’ Barolo, which certainly suits the old-school style of the wine. Fruit comes from seven vineyards scattered around Barolo, including – for the first time – 10% fruit from the young vines of Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba. The older vines from Mosconi have been used for a new single-vineyard bottling. True to form. this has dusty hedgerow fruit aromas with a touch of new leather. It’s lighter, softer and more savoury than the single-vineyard bottlings, but the palate is quite tight, with some good acidity peeking through. Some sweet red fruits appear on the mid-palate, followed bu Parma violet lift on the finish. Since the 1960s, the estate has only produced around 5,000 cases of this wine each vintage.
Drinking Window 2019-2035