Pio Cesare Barolo 2016
The Pio Cesare winery has been crafting wine for 5 generations and more than 135 years. We can safely say that they have honed their expertise to a t; the 2016 Pio Cesare Barolo is ready proof of that fact. It needs a little more time to get to it's drinking readiness, so we have some pairing choices for you to ponder during that time. Our favorite is braciola alla griglia - butterflied, pounded beef sirloin wrapped around a stuffing of toasted bread crumbs and pignoli, parmesan, golden raisins, parsley, oregano, mint and garlic, grilled to perfection. If you don't swoon with delight when you eat a thick slice of this dish, we'll eat our hats. Roast duck with a hazelnut garlic sauce is another delicious option, as is a tajarin pasta with butter and a generous shaving of truffles. Refill your glasses at the end to go with a potent Castelmagno cheese; the meal is sure to be one you won't forget quickly.
Wine Enthusiast: Designated Editors' Choice. "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." Sep 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'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, 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. Drink 2023-2045." Jul 2020
James Suckling: "Pretty sweetness and ripeness to this with cherries, dried strawberries and chocolate. It’s full-bodied with round, firm tannins. Very long and intense. A little tight now. Complex and subtle at this stage. Give it two or three years to come around. Try after 2022." Jul 2020
Winery: "A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony and elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long aging potential."
|Aging||30 months in large French "botti"|