Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 96] [WA 95] [JD 94] [DC 92]

Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG 2016
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 96] [WA 95] [JD 94] [DC 92]


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About the Winery: 
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio, one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and other great wines of Piemonte. For five generations, the Pio Cesare family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars, and consistently receiving high scores from all reviewers. Today it is run by the genial Pio Boffa, great-grandson of Pio Cesare, his nephew Cesare Benvenuto, and, since 2016, Boffa’s daughter Federica, who represents the fifth generation.

Notes from the Winemaker:

A classic Barolo. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.

VINEYARDS: Sourced from family owned vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba (Ornato), Grinzane Cavour (Gustava), La Morra (Roncaglie), Barolo -Novello (Ravera). The balance of the grapes comes from other exclusive vineyards owned by "growers" who have been providing grapes to the Pio Family for generations..

VINIFICATION: In stainless steel tanks. Skin contact for about 20 days.

AGING: In mid toasted French oak for 3 years: 70% in 20 to 50 hectoliters casks; 30% in barriques.

Ratings & Reviews



96 Points & "Editor’s Choice" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"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." - Kerin O’Keefe (Sep 1, 2020)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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. An ample 60,000 bottles were produced." - Monica Larner (Jul 2020)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"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." - Jeb Dunnuck (7/7/2020)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"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. Drinking Window 2022 - 2038" - Stephen Brook (Apr 2020)