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Vineyards: From a small selection of “nebbioli” from our Familyowned vineyards of Cascina Ornato in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the most historical and prestigious areas of the entire Barolo region very well known for great structure, tannins, freshness and longevity.
Vinification: In stainless steel tanks at high temperatures. Maceration for 30 days.
Ageing: In large oak “botti” for about 30 months; a small amount in French oak barriques for the first 12 months.
Notes: The very first Single Vineyard Barolo produced by the Pio family, for the first time in 1985. Great structure, power, concentration, with a very long life. Produced in small quantities. Alc. 14%
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95 points – Wine Enthusiast
Balsamic aromas of eucalyptus mingle with enticing scents of wild berry, rose, espresso and tobacco.
On the full-bodied, elegant palate, smooth, fine-grained tannins lithely support Marasca cherry, cranberry, star anise and exotic spice while
fresh acidity keeps it balanced. One of the best showings I’ve had of Ornato so far. Drink 2021–2030.
93+ points – The Wine Advocate. Monica Larner
With powerful fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, the 2015 Barolo Ornato is a plush and dense red wine with a contemporary feel that prizes richness and overall accessibility. There is a level of softness here that permeates the entire wine and adds to the already-intense aromas of red fruit, blackberry, spice, tar, asphalt and candied orange peel. This structured Barolo is best tasted with a platter of Alpine cheeses and jellied honey.
98 points – James Suckling
The aromas are so complex yet subtle with wet earth, mushrooms and dark fruits. Dried flowers as well. Full body, chewy tannins that are ultra-fine and powerful, yet there is a finesse and beauty to them as I said from barrel. Classic, great nebbiolo.
Try in 2023.
95 points – Decanter
The fruit for this wine is sourced from Pio Cesare’s plots in the Ornato vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. It has a big, bold palate impression with lovely fresh acidity framing a core of delicate red fruits and heavier plummy notes. The tannins are fine and chalky, and despite this vineyard’s reputation for producing heavily structured wines, it’s relatively light on its feet, juicy and moreish. Although delicious, it seems a waste to drink it so early in its life – I would leave it for at least another couple of years for all the elements to fully integrate and then decant after opening. Vinified in stainless steel before spending 18 months in barriques and a further 12 months in bottle.
Drinking Window 2021- 2045