“2015 saw drought conditions in late June and July but there were reserves of water from earlier heavy snow in winter and heavy rain in mid-May. Like the Barbaresco, Pio Cesare prefer to call this its ‘classic’ Barolo, which certainly suits the old-school style of the wine. Fruit comes from seven vineyards scattered around Barolo, including – for the first time – 10% fruit from the young vines of Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba. The older vines from Mosconi have been used for a new single-vineyard bottling. True to form, this has dusty hedgerow fruit aromas with a touch of new leather. It’s lighter, softer and more savoury than the single-vineyard bottlings, but the palate is quite tight, with some good acidity peeking through. Some sweet red fruits appear on the mid-palate, followed by Parma violet lift on the finish. Since the 1960s, the estate has only produced around 5,000 cases of this wine each vintage. Drinking Window 2019 – 2035”
Decanter on Pio Cesare’s 2015 Barolo, May 2019
The Nebbiolo for this Barolo was sourced from a number of family-owned vineyards: Ornato in Serralunga d’Alba, Gustava in Grinzane Cavour, Roncaglie at La Morra, and Ravera in Barolo-Novello. The balance of the grapes comes from growers the Cesare family has worked with for years.
The fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks (up to one month of skin contact), then the wine was transferred to French oak (the majority in 20 to 50 hectolitre casks, the remainder in smaller barriques) where it matured for three years.
Pio Cesare produces classic Barolo at a very high level. That expertise is apparent in the wine’s structure, harmony, gentle tannins, and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but with very long ageing potential.
“This is very smokey and earthy yet clean at the same time. Loads of dark fruit and perfume. Full-bodied with round and wonderfully polished tannins. Fantastic length and precision. A generous yet reserved wine that has so much to give. Can’t wait to taste it on release. Barrel sample.”
(95-96) points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2019
“Dried flower petal nose with savoury meaty hints, and captivating tension and freshness on the palate, of ripe and intense red berry-cherry fruit and harmonising tannins.”
95 points, Decanter, 2019
“The 2015 Barolo is a beautifully balanced and tight expression of Nebbiolo that hits all the right spots on the palate, from the side of the mouth where you taste the acidity to the back where you get a sense of the wine’s structure and integrated tannins. That freshness could pair well with a steak in pepper cream sauce. Long skin maceration times are followed by oak aging, partially in botti with a smaller part in barrique.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2019