Pio Cesare “Ornato” Barolo 2013 [6/cs]

pio cesare barolo ornato
Italy Piedmont
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013

The Barolos of Serralunga d’Alba have a bit of a reputation. The region is held in high regard for rich, intense, structured Barolo. Pio Cesare’s single-vineyard Barolo comes from three plots in the family’s Ornato Estate, one of Barolo’s top vineyards, in the western part of the commune. The fruit is exceptionally ripe, and consistently produces bright, robust, focused wines with incredible complexity and length.


The 2013 vintage is no exception. The wines were influenced by conditions in which fruit ripened slowly: a cool spring; cool, dry summer; and sunny, dry autumn encouraged steady flavour and tannin development. You’ll find complexity and elegance in the 2013 as a result. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel with skin contact for 15 days, then left to macerate on skins for 30 days. The wine aged in medium-toast French oak for 30 months (70% in new barriques and 30% in 25 hectoliter casks).


“Extremely complex and showing the terroir of Serralunga with rose stems, wet earth, strawberries and mushrooms. Orange peel to boot. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. Fascinating character that takes everything from the aromas. Light chewy on the finish. Expanding. Needs time to soften with bottle age. Better in 2021.”

98 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2017