2018 Pio Cesare Barolo

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barolo
Winery Pio Cesare
Vintage 2018
Grape Nebbiolo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2024 - 2040
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The Nebbiolo grapes for the Barolo come from the most beautiful slopes of the region. The largest part, about 70%, comes from the family's own vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba. The rest comes from producers in Castiglione Falletto and Monfort, who have been supplying grapes to the family for over a hundred years. The grapes from Serralunga give strength, those from Castiglione Falletto aroma and seduction, those from Monforte refinement and subtlety. The grapes are harvested and selected by hand, and harvested only when they are perfectly ripe, from mid-October to even early November. The grapes ferment at about 25 degrees and they stay in contact with the fermenting wine for between three and four weeks, just like with the Barbaresco. The aging is also the same, in barriques, partly new barrels of French oak, partly in new barrels of Slavonian oak. Long barrel aging has also been chosen here, up to three years for part of the wine, to give it more complexity and to further emphasize the beauty of the wine. The result is a special, monumental Barolo.

The Barolo of Pio Cesare is broad and complex, powerful, herbs, roses, earthy, truffle and laurel, the taste nicely powerful, but also velvety and soft, nicely balanced, with a lot of finesse and with nice tannins after. Wonderful with venison steak or hare pepper, mature cheeses, but of course also delicious as wine after a nice meal

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 on 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.

Vineyard for 2018 Pio Cesare Barolo

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.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Piemonte
Appellation Barolo
Winery Pio Cesare
Grape Nebbiolo
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2024
Drinking till 2040
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 93
James Suckling rating 94
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe
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