2017 Pio Cesare Barbaresco DOCG

82.95 68.55
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barbaresco
Winery Pio Cesare
Year 2017
Grape Nebbiolo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2020 - 2032
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The Barbaresco is an ultimate Nebbiolo wine, i.e. a wine that has naturally acquired a lot of firmness through the use of the Nebbiolo grape, and therefore has to mature for a long time. However, the Nebbiolo is picked when it is perfectly ripe, usually around mid-October. The grapes come almost exclusively from the municipality of Treiso. The rest of the grapes come from vineyards in Barbaresco and San Rocco Seno dElvio. This results in a wine with more complexity, due to the different terroirs. Fermentation takes place with optimal contact between skins and fermenting wine, to give the wine color and character. The grapes ferment at about 25 degrees and they stay in contact with the fermenting wine for between three and four weeks. It then matures in barriques, partly new barrels of French oak, partly also new barrels of Slavonian oak. A long aging in wood, up to three years for part of the wine, was deliberately chosen to give it more complexity and to further emphasize the beauty of the wine. And Pio Cesare has more than succeeded in this.

The house Pio Cesare is one of the classic producers of the region. Located in Alba, the wine capital of this region, and founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio. His name has been preserved in reverse order as the name of this trading house and family business. It is still family owned, as it is headed by Pio Boffa, the founder's great-grandson. He continues the family's work in an excellent manner, while also being responsible for a number of modernizations and changes at this fine, traditional company. Pio Cesare, for example, has always been a trading house that bought the grapes under contract from winegrowers in the region. This is also a common practice in this region, which has many small winegrowers with small plots of vineyard, who are always willing to sell their grapes to one of the trading houses. In that respect, the region is a bit like Burgundy, with all those different vineyards, each with its own name, subdivided into small vineyards, all owned by a different winegrower.

Pio Boffa has decided that it is good for the quality of the wines to also own vineyards. Over the years he has acquired a number of vineyards, especially in the famous areas of Barolo and Barbaresco. The vineyard property now covers 45 hectares, and produces some of the finest wines in the house, with a few separate vineyard cuvées as toppers. These are only marketed in the good years.

The necessary changes have also been made in winemaking. A very restrained vinification has been chosen, in which the wine is left alone as much as possible, so with as few interventions as possible. Each wine receives the individual treatment that best suits that particular wine, with a shorter or longer fermentation on the skins, whether or not followed by a classic aging in Slavonian oak, the traditional wood of the region. It produces wines with a classic finesse, balanced and complex, worthy representatives of this special wine region.

92/100 Parker and 95/100 Suckling

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The house Pio Cesare is one of the classic producers of the region. Based in Alba, the region's "wine capital", and founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio. Its name has been retained in reverse order as the name of this trading house and family business. It is still in family hands, as it is headed by Pio Boffa, the founder's great-grandson.

He continues the work of the family in an excellent way, and has since also been responsible for a number of modernisations and changes at this beautiful, traditional company. For example, Pio Cesare has always been a trading house, which purchased the grapes on contract from winegrowers in the region. This is also a common practice in this region, which has many small winegrowers with small patches of vineyard, who are always ready to sell their grapes to one of the trading houses. In that respect, the region is a bit like Burgundy, with all those different vineyards, each with its own name, divided into small pieces of vineyard, all of which are owned by a different winemaker.

Pio Boffa has decided that for the quality of the wines it is a good thing to also own vineyards. Over the years he has therefore acquired a number of vineyards, especially in the famous areas of Barolo and Barbaresco. The vineyard property now extends over 45 hectares, and produces some of the house's finest wines, topped by a few distinct vineyard cuvées. These are only marketed in the good years.

The necessary changes have also been made in winemaking. We have opted for a very restrained vinification, in which the wine is left alone as much as possible, so with as few interventions as possible. Each wine receives the individual treatment that best suits that particular wine, with a shorter or longer fermentation on the skins, whether or not followed by a classic maturation on Slavonian oak, the traditional wood of the region. It produces wines with a classic finesse, balanced and complex, worthy representatives of this special wine region.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barbaresco
Winery Pio Cesare
Grape Nebbiolo
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2017
Drinking as of 2020
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
James Suckling rating 95
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Lekker luxe, Met vrienden
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