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Pio Cesare Barolo 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

50% Ornato, 70% aged in botte Tight on the nose with floral aromas, a hint of wood spice, the sweet savoriness of fruitcake and dates and a bit of candied orange and lime rind. Showing a fair amount of power up front and fairly fruity in the classic dried fruit way, this has round ripe tannins and nice acidic cut on the palate. There’s good complexity on the palate finishing a touch dull perhaps and with tannins that are a touch dry, leathery, and very classic style, this does retain fine wild cherry fruit, rosehips, and vitamin flavor. growing in the glass and gaining some menthol freshness, this remains a bit tough though it seems to have the stuffing to evolve well. 88pts

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Pio Cesare:
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 by our great great-grandfather Cesare Pio. He was one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and in the other great wines of Piemonte. Cesare Pio, in the second portion of 1800s, was among the very first winemakers to produce these wines with a philosophy that was dedicated to the te... Read more
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 by our great great-grandfather Cesare Pio. He was one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and in the other great wines of Piemonte. Cesare Pio, in the second portion of 1800s, was among the very first winemakers to produce these wines with a philosophy that was dedicated to the terroir and the strictest quality of the wine. For five generations, the Pio Cesare family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars, located in the center of the town of Alba.. The cellars walls date back to the Roman Empire period , 50 B.C. Recently, significant investments have been made to rebuild and restructure the cellars and the winery's facilities. A new fermentation cellar was built with a new racking by gravity area and a new barrel ageing room, 12 meters underneath the existing building and the Roman Walls. A brand new bottling and labelling equipment was installed in a newly built portion of the winery Pio Cesare owns more than 50 hectares (130 acres) of vineyards, located in the most highly rated and better exposed areas. Within the Barolo region, the "Ornato" Estate and the "Colombaro" Vineyard ( in Serralunga d’Alba), the "Gustava" Estate ( in Grinzane Cavour), the "Roncaglie" (in La Morra) and "Ravera" (Barolo- Novello). Within the Barbaresco territory, the "Il Bricco" Estate and the "San Stefanetto" Vineyard in Treiso Other selected vineyards are located in the communes of Diano d’Alba, Sinio and Trezzo. In addition to is own vineyards, Pio Cesare has fostered long-term relationships with growers for several generations and manages all aspects of viticulture in these vineyards. These growers have been selling grapes to the family for generations. The wines are fermented and aged using both modern winemaking techniques in tandem with the most traditional methods of the region. After an appropriate ageing in large casks and barriques of different French oaks the wines are bottle-aged before their release.All these elements contribute to the continuously high quality of the wines of Pio Cesare, while paying tribute to the vines and to the terroir. The production of the wines of Pio Cesare is intentionally limited in order to maintain their high quality. Year after year, the wines are ranked among the world's best and most highly regarded. The winery's dedication to quality and respect for tradition and terroir, has allowed Pio Cesare to reach a prominent position among the wine producers of Piemonte. The wines are found in the top restaurants and hotels around the world and are known and respected by the finest wine lovers and collectors. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Pio Cesare Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/13/2014

50% Ornato, 70% aged in botte Tight on the nose with floral aromas, a hint of wood spice, the sweet savoriness of fruitcake and dates and a bit of candied orange and lime rind. Showing a fair amount of power up front and fairly fruity in the classic dried fruit way, this has round ripe tannins and nice acidic cut on the palate. There’s good complexity on the palate finishing a touch dull perhaps and with tannins that are a touch dry, leathery, and very classic style, this does retain fine wild cherry fruit, rosehips, and vitamin flavor. growing in the glass and gaining some menthol freshness, this remains a bit tough though it seems to have the stuffing to evolve well. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - sweet dried wood tones on the nose, leathery, nice precise fruit, dark fruit, cool in the mouth, good focus, spicy, menthol, floral tones, tight coiled and with good length 86-87


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 1993 02/11/2009

This offered a great contrast to the Conterno with it's open nose balancing sweet, slightly pruny fruit with a gentle wood spice. Offering a bright entry with excellent acidity this was eminently drinkable and approaching peak if a touch monolithic and dilute through the midpalate with a bit of astringency breaking through leading to a medium length finish that was long if simple. Solid wine for drinking over the short term


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 1967 09/22/2008

This was a lovely showing for this bottle with a beautiful mahogany color tinged with cedar red. The nose was very typical with licorice, dried floral notes and lovely candied strawberry. On the tongue there is immediate bottle sweetness that combined with the balanced, resolved structure made this luxurious if a touch drying on the back end. This retains the remnants of powerful strawberry fruit over light soil tones and while a touch simple is admirably rich and oh so friendly if a bit short.


Member Reviews for Pio Cesare Barolo

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.40 5
Vintage: 2010 07/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: birrel
6225103
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/26/2010

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Snooth User: Sully2010
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/28/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Tic
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/07/2009

I found the aroma to be very attractive and fruity scent. However, I felt the wine tastes a bit "light" and water-down. I don't know if that was because I brought it overseas via loading inside a luggage.


Snooth User: WinePaul
94074154
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 04/19/2009

Just a baby, but incredibly delicious. Moderate to big tannin, decanted for less than an hour. Quite aromatic, classic violets and tar. Ripe flavors, concentrated. Opens up very slowly, but it does open up. I would wait at least another five years to open another bottle.


Snooth User: Ben Robson
19298118
1.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/07/2009

Good wine, not a typical Nebbiolo though and the colour and fruit profile count against this 'Barolo' rating.


Snooth User: Andreas Gavris
2654186
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/04/2009

Hight acidity, intense tanins, full bodied. Dry fruits, dry roses, wood, pepper, truffle. Angular with awesome complexity. exceptional.


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External Reviews for Pio Cesare Barolo

External Review
Vintage: 2012 12/19/2016

Year after year, Pio Cesare Barolos are ranked among the world's best. The Pio Cesare family takes a modern approach to quality winemaking. Their unique method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. The Nebbiolo grapes used to produce Pio’s Barolo comes from the family vineyards around the village of Serralunga d’Alba. These grapes account for about 70% of production, with additional grapes sourced from the most favorable areas in Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, the same stock they have used for the last hundred years. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, those from Castiglione Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and the fruits from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. Aged in 30% new French oak for 2 years the wine is then put in 50% new Slavonian oak for another 3 years. The Wine Advocate scored it 94 points saying "Pio Cesare has produced a small miracle with the 2012 Barolo. In a vintage that saw many nondescript wines, this Nebbiolo is bursting with energy and personality. The bouquet opens to an exciting sense of freshness with bright cherry and wild berry at the forefront. You also get balsam herb and mint, with cola and licorice in generous supply at the back. The wine should evolve slowly over the next ten years." and James Suckling scored it 95 saying "This is a young Barolo that builds on the palate with super silky tannins and fantastic pure and delicious fruit. Hints of hazelnut, plum and dark berry character. Full and polished tannins. Better in 2019 but so delicious now."


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/13/2016

The Pio Cesare family takes a modern approach to quality winemaking. Their unique method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor and expression. Known primarily for Barolo they produce first class Barbaresco with Nebbiolo grapes sourced from some of the best vineyards in the region. This 2011 is another superb example about which the Wine Advocate said "The 2011 Barolo offers a classic approach to Nebbiolo and has done so consistently for decades. Pio Cesare is a benchmark producer with a production philosophy that remains the same year after year, thus giving ample room to vintage variation. This handsome edition presents a dark fruit profile with black cherry and cassis. The wine evolves slowly in the glass to reveal tarry notes of licorice and light spice. Its delineated and focused approach is reinforced by its streamlined mouthfeel and delicate complexity." and James Suckling scoring it 95 points said "This is a fabulous young Barolo with a purity and beauty that is breathtaking. Full body plus a deep and subtle center palate of strawberry, light cherry and hints of citrus. Really superb. Drink or hold."


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

Year after year, Pio Cesare Barolos are ranked among the world's best. The Pio Cesare family takes a modern approach to quality winemaking. Their unique method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. The Nebbiolo grapes used to produce Pio’s Barolo comes from the family vineyards around the village of Serralunga d’Alba. These grapes account for about 70% of production, with additional grapes sourced from the most favorable areas in Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, the same stock they have used for the last hundred years. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, those from Castiglione Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and the fruits from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. Aged in 30% new French oak for 2 years the wine is then put in 50% new Slavonian oak for another 3 years. The 2010 Barolos are wowing critics and enthusiasts. This 2010 scored 90+ across the board including 95 points from the Wine Advocate who said "The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic, well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish."


External Review
Vintage: 2008 02/27/2013

Pio Cesare Barolo is very fine and elegant in the 2008 vintage, with plum, bing cherry, and violet aromatics, super fine tannins, and a finish that goes on for minutes.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/16/2015

Year after year, Pio Cesare Barolos are ranked among the world's best. The Pio Cesare family takes a modern approach to quality winemaking. Their unique method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. The Nebbiolo grapes used to produce Pio’s Barolo comes from the family vineyards around the village of Serralunga d’Alba. These grapes account for about 70% of production, with additional grapes sourced from the most favorable areas in Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, the same stock they have used for the last hundred years. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, those from Castiglione Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and the fruits from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. Aged in 30% new French oak for 2 years the wine is then put in 50% new Slavonian oak for another 3 years. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 94 points saying "Pio Cesare is on a roll producing vintage after vintage of excellent Barolo. This shows enormous intensity and beauty with perfumed layers of pressed flower, wild berry, vanilla and spice. It boasts a dark, bold appearance and tight tannins that are supported by an excellent quality of fruit. Drink after 2018." Read the full Barolo 2008 Pio Cesare review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide


External Review
Vintage: 2007 12/02/2011

The 2007 Barolo is inviting, sweet and open, yet has plenty of underlying tannins to provide support. Sweet hints of tobacco, spices, leather and herbs add complexity on the textured yet grippy finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/28/2012

Year after year, Pio Cesare Barolos are ranked among the world's best. The Pio Cesare family takes a modern approach to quality winemaking. Their unique method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. The Nebbiolo grapes used to produce Pio’s Barolo come from the family vineyards around the village of Serralunga d’Alba. These grapes account for about 70% of production, with additional grapes sourced from the most favorable areas in Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, the same stock they have used for the last hundred years. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, those from Castiglione Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and the fruits from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. Aged in 30% new French oak for 2 years the wine is then put in 50% new Slavonian oak for another 3 years. In the Wine Advocate, Antonio Galioni says "Pio Cesare’s straight Barolo doesn’t seem to get the attention or spotlight it deserves, but it has truly been one of Piedmont’s under the radar jewels for some time." And Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this wine 95 points saying "Pio Cesare and the 2007 vintage marry beautifully to produce a layered, opulent, textured, rich wine that is bursting with zesty red fruit, sassy spice, leather and toasted espresso bean. What really sets this wine apart is the dense smoothness of its texture. Save this bottle in your cellar 10 years or more."


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