2016 Pio Cesare Barolo

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  • Historic Barolo Producer
  • 97 Point Vintage, Robert Parker
  • Multiple 94+ Scores
  • 5 Generations of High-Quality Winemaking
  • Free Shipping on 6 or More Bottles

About the Wine

The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881, by Cesare Pio and has been producing high-quality Barolo for 135 years! Cesare was a very successful entrepreneur and was inspired to produce a small and select quantity of wines from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco for himself, his family, friends, and customers. Over the years, Pio Cesare has gained fame and prominence both domestically and internationally, becoming one of the most respected names among Italian wine producers, with a special focus on its renowned Barolo. Pio Cesare produces classic Barolo at a very high level. That expertise is apparent in the wine’s structure, harmony, gentle tannins, and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but with very long aging potential.

The Nebbiolo is sourced from a number of family-owned vineyards: Ornato in Serralunga d’Alba, Gustava in Grinzane Cavour, Roncaglie at La Morra, and Ravera in Barolo-Novello. The grapes have been cared for and cultivated by growers the Cesare family has worked with for years.

Aging: 30 Months in large French Oak “Botti”

Tasting notes: Red Wine. 100% Nebbiolo. A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony, elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long ageing potential. Barolo is such 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.

Reviews

Enticingly fragrant, this wine offers alluring scents of iris, rose, perfumed berry and wild herb. It’s full-bodied and elegant, delivering crushed raspberry, juicy Marasca cherry, star anise, and orange zest set against a backbone of taut, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it balanced and lends intensity. Drink 2024– 2036. ~96 Wine Enthusiast

Traditionalists happily fall back to this wine from Pio Cesare. This historic winery, now in its fifth generation and located within the city limits of Alba, takes care to shape a classic interpretation without too many extra bells or whistles. The fact that Pio Cesare now has the flashier Barolo Ornato and the newly created Barolo Mosconi, only gives more importance to this wine. The Pio Cesare 2016 Barolo offers deep, dark fruit with a mingling of spice, smoke, tar and smoke. This wine represents a blend of fruit from five comuni, or villages: Cascina Ornato, La Serra and Briccolina in Serralunga d'Alba; Gustava and Garretti in Grinzane Cavour; Roncaglie in La Morra; Ravera in Novello; and starting with the 2015 vintage, Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba. ~95 Robert Parker

The 2016 Barolo reveals a deep purple hue as well as impressive black cherry, blackberry, crushed violets, and toasted spice, with plenty of minerality developing with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, rich, and beautifully textured on the palate, this balanced, straight-up gorgeous Barolo will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for two decades in cold cellars. ~94 Jeb Dunnuck

Widely sourced, from family-owned vineyards in Novello and Grinzane Cavour as well as more celebrated villages, this Barolo shows admirable opulence on the nose, with sweet cherry fruit but no trace of jamminess. Firm and spicy, it displays excellent vigour and presence and shows more weight and perhaps better balance than the Barbaresco, and good acidity gives persistence and refinement. Long. ~92 Decanter

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