What a nose, I love this! Decadent and intense with blueberries, meat, truffles, and a foie gras like character. Full and very velvety, super integrated, with a long and caressing finish. A triumph.
Another cracking vintage in Barolo, which was warm and dry, producing classically styled wines for the long haul. Despite being cooler than 2007, some of the vines experienced a bit of hydric stress. This, combined with a late harvest, has added depth and concentration to the wines. Texturally, this is firm and full but also fleshy and hugely appealing thanks to the supporting acidity which provides balance and vigour. The fruit is again very much in the Pio Cesare Nebbiolo/Barolo mould; sour morello cherry with a lift of liquorice and tar, and a touch of sous bois beginning to emerge. Superb sweetness and balance here. This is drinking well now, but would also reward further patience. (JS)
The estate's 2004 Barolo is very elegant in this vintage. Although the wine is firm and quite primary, the tannins are sweet, silky and refined. Today the wine reveals just a glimpse of its potential but it should develop into a gem with time. While most of the attention at Pio Cesare goes to the Barolo Ornato, this is the hidden beauty in this lineup. This Barolo is a multi-commune blend. Most of the fruit (60%) comes from the less well-exposed portions of the family’s Ornato vineyard, while the rest of the fruit is sourced from plots in La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga, Novello and Grinzane Cavour. The wine was aged in French oak casks (70%) and smaller French oak barrels (30%). (AG)
Medium-deep red. Complex aromas of raspberry, musky tobacco and minerals; distinctly higher-pitched and more backward than the 2003 normale Then wonderfully rich and delineated, with underlying minerality accentuating the impression of primary fruit. Finishes quite long, with broad, full, thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific structure and grip. Offers impressive potential. (ST)
Plenty of leather, rose and vanilla from toasty French oak make for a very pretty opening. The full-bodied palate shows exuberant cherry and boysenberry flavors wrapped in a refined tannin structure. A modern expression that can be enjoyed now or laid down to await more complexity.
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