TN: Brief Tasting at Pio Cesare

BRIEF TASTING AT PIO CESARE - Alba, Piedmont, Italy (10/21/2015)

A friend was able to arrange us a visit and brief tasting at the historic Pio Cesare estate in Alba. The winery has to be one of the largest producers in Piedmont (400k+ bottles) with a fascinating facility that is part modern state-of-the-art winery and part historic snapshot into history. The tour of the never-ending cellars was fascinating including a glimpse at the Roman empire era city walls far below ground and the cellar of ancient Barolos dating back to the early 1900s. The two wines we tasted were quite nice and polished.

  • 2011 Pio Cesare Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
    35% in barrique (1/3 new) with the rest in cask. Full with fresh black cherry and spice notes. Juicy on entry with a lively and energetic cut. Medium to full bodied. Polished fruit. Spice filled finish. 90-92 (90 pts.)
  • 2011 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    70% in new french barrique and 30% in casks. Tighter aromatics. Takes some coaxing to tease out black cherry, plum and an underlying earth/tar note. Very non-delineated nose at this point. Palate is full bodied with layers of texture. Red and black fruit. Sweet and suave tannins. Definitely has an oak polish and oak-driven spice/toast on the back end. I’m no expert, but my guess is the oak integrates into the fuller bodied fruits with time. 91-93 (92 pts.)

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Sign at the Entrance

Pressed Skins Ready to turn into Grappa

Cask Room Far Below the Streets of Alba

The Ancient House Cellar

1909 !!

I like their Barbarescos, both the Il Bricco and the regular one. The Barolos can be a little heavy for me, but with age, they are good too.

Great photos. Looks like a great place to visit. How good are those old bottles!

Reminds me of a visit to Joseph Drouhin a few years ago. They have a bottle of 1901(?) Vosne Romanee which I was told is from the Romanee-Conti vineyard - apparently back in the day, someone in the Drouhin family had access to this vineyard and bottled some wine. Does anyone know the background? (Sorry for the drift).