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Arneis Langhe DOC

Arneis Langhe DOC 2012

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - December 20, 2013

90 Points "Subtle aromas of minerals, pumice and citrus. Full body with lots of pears and spices. Dense. White grapefruit on the finish. Bitter lemon too."

Arneis Langhe DOC 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wall Street Journal - Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher - June 13, 2008

Very Good "Fresh and lively, but with a core of gravel minerality, so it's both bright and soulful. Pears and very ripe lemon. Better acidity than many."

Barbaresco DOCG

Barbaresco DOCG 2010

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O’Keefe - December 31, 2014

94 Points "Perfumed and structured, this opens with a beautiful fragrance of intense violet layered with bright raspberry and balsamic notes. The palate has nice depth, delivering juicy wild cherry accented with vanilla, cinnamon, mocha and a note of Mediterranean herbs. It’s nicely balanced with bright acidity and firm tannins that give it an age-worthy structure. Drink through 2030."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2014

94 Points "Bright red cherries, plums, spices, orange peel, tobacco and leather are some of the many notes that meld together in the 2010 Barbaresco. Lifted and aromatic on the palate, the 2010 impresses for its balance and total sense of class. Firm tannins support the classic-feeling finish. All of the classic Nebbiolo signatures are on display. Pio Cesare's Barbaresco is made from three sites in Treiso."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - April 18, 2014

94 Points "A refined, polished Barbaresco with strawberry, cherry and cedar character. Extremely elegant and pretty. Depth to it as well. Juicy and intense. Wonderful length. Wonderful finish. Better in 2015."

Barbaresco DOCG 2009

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 10, 2014

93 Points Aromas of shaved chocolate, some nuts and red berries. Full body with compacted tannins that are soft and velvety. Serious intensity on the finish.Savoury. Black-truffle character. Chinese spices.

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2013

93 Points "Bright and floral, this wine is grounded in black, earthy tannins, providing a powerful bass to the treble of raspberry and herbs. The tannins are smooth and sleek, but also complex, their sweet root aspects adding enough grip to suggest this will age well over the next few years."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2013

90 Points "The 2009 Barbaresco is an attractive wine to drink over the next few years. This is an especially big, rich wine for the vintage. Sweet tobacco, leather, spices, menthol and dried cherries wrap around the incisive, powerful finish. The aromas and flavors are already a touch forward, which suggests the 2009 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - June 2013

90 Points "In true Nebbiolo fashion, the 2009 Barbaresco brings out all kinds of delicate nuances with licorice, tar, anisette and pressed rose. The wine shows elegance and nicely firming tannins that are smooth and fine. Pio Cesare has done a good job of taming down some of ripeness of the warm 2009 vintage."

Barbaresco DOCG 2008 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

91 Points "Juicy dark plums, tobacco, spicebox and leather all come together nicely in the 2008 Barbaresco. Proprietor Pio Boffa has crafted a lovely, mid-weight Barbaresco with enough juiciness to drink well for another decade, perhaps beyond."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2012

92 Points "A firm red with spices and berries and hints of cherries. Roses. Very stony. Full and chewy."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

90-92 Points "Moderately saturated medium red. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal, tobacco, orange peel and exotic spices. Juicy, dense and suave, with a light touch thanks to superb inner-mouth energy. Finishes firmly tannic, long and perfumed, with the structure for a slow evolution in bottle."

Barbaresco DOCG 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - December 31, 2011

92 Points "This is racy and detailed, showing raspberry, cherry, floral and oak spice aromas and flavors. Taut and well-structured, with a lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit, spice and mineral."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 2011

90 Points "Ambitiously oaked, this wine emphasizes dark coffee and bitter chocolate scents in its tannins. The fruit itself has more than enough stamina to stand up to the toastiness of the oak: It takes a straight path of red cherry that rounds out the structure, finishing clean and dry. Recommended for the cellar, where it will gain complexity. Or, if you like the forward character of new oak, drink this now with a steak."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

90 Points "Good full red. Aromas of dried flowers and menthol dominated by coffee oak; raspberry and currant slowly emerged with air. Sweet, lush and broad, with very good freshness of fruit. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and good subtle length. 'Two thousand seven is a great, forward, rich, plummy vintage, but not '97-like,' notes Pio Boffa. 'You can drink the wines now with food but they will age.'"

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2011

92 Points "The 2007 Barbaresco is a gorgeous, inviting wine graced with exquisite dark fruit and a supple personality. Fine tannins frame the fruit through to the finish. The Barbaresco is already quite open and accessible, but the tannins remain a touch firm and there is enough freshness in the glass to suggest the wine will be even better in another year or two. This is a very typical 2007."

Barbaresco DOCG 2006 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2010

91 Points "The 2006 Barbaresco is an attractive, mid-weight wine. Red berries, sweet spices and crushed flowers are some of the nuances that emerge from this plump, juicy Barbaresco. With a little air, this is already drinking quite nicely. Sweet notes from new oak linger on the pretty finish."

Barbaresco DOCG 2005 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2009

90 points "The 2005 Barbaresco is a very pretty wine that combines elements of flowers, sweet spices and dried cherries in a firm, structured style."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2009

92 Points "Rose petal and berry aromas follow through to a full body, with chewy yet velvety tannins and a long finish. Offers a serious depth of fruit."

Barbaresco DOCG 2004 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

92 points "The 2004 Barbaresco is a beautiful wine endowed with expressive aromatics and an attractive core of ripe red fruit. Subtle notes of spices, smoke, tar and licorice add complexity. The wine possesses outstanding length and refined tannins that will only become more elegant with further bottle age. ...Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2008

92 points "Bright and fruity, with plum, flowers and fresh mushroom on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and lots of stylish fruit. Pretty and refined. Has wonderful balance and richness. Best after 2010."

Barbaresco DOCG 2003 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2007

90 points "The 2003 Barbaresco is sweet and perfumed with pretty notes of smoke, flowers, cinnamon and ripe red fruit. This medium-bodied, focused wine offers outstanding length and remarkable freshness for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018."

San Francisco Chronicle - Jon Bonne - January 19, 2006

"Recommended"

Wine Spectator - J.S. -

91 Points "Fresh and grapey, with light plum and flowers. Full-bodied, with delicious fruit, vanilla and strawberry character and a long finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2008."

Barbaresco DOCG 2001 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - October 31, 2006

90 points "The 2001 Barbaresco normale is a lovely effort that displays a classic, perfumed profile of roses, menthol, tobacco, wet earth and red fruits on a structured frame with excellent length and a nice sense of freshness on the finish. It should be at its best between 2009 and 2016. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016."

Wine Enthusiast - J.C. - March 2006

90 Points "Shows some wood touches, but the fruit sings loudest in this light and silky yet tannic Barbaresco. Cedar and caramel notes accent cherries, herbs and spice. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2010

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - December 01, 2014

91 Points "Balanced and elegant, this red evokes cherry, rhubarb, tobacco, tar and white pepper hints. Linear and firmly structured, with dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2029."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2014

92+ Points "The 2010 Barbaresco Il Bricco is quite a bit deeper than the straight Barbaresco. Dark red stone fruits, menthol, spices, leather and cedar are all laced together in a powerful, textured Barbaresco built on volume. It will be interesting to see if the 2010 opens up with more time in bottle. I suspect it will. Pio Cesare has made significant strides in quality over recent years. The Bricco appears to still be a bit of a work in progress. In 2010, the Bricco was aged approximately 75% in cask and 25% in barrique."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - April 18, 2014

96 Points Top 100 of 2014 "This is extremely floral, with violets and roses and hints of ripe fruit. Full body with an intensely savory succulent fruit-acid combination. Mineral and earthy. Powerful."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2009

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - December 01, 2013

92+ Points "High-pitched aromas of cherry and rose petal. Then juicy and imploded in the mouth, showing noteworthy clarity and energy to its red berry, red cherry and minerals flavors. This is very tightly wound today and has fruit of steel, yet it doesn't come off as hard. Finishes with a subtle medicinal quality and very good grip. (A second bottle of this wine was a bit smoother and sweeter, but with lovely vinosity, and it showed a much stronger component of coconutty oak; this bottle merited 92 points.)"

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - November 06, 2013

95 Points "Subtle, complex aromas of flowers, minerals and blueberries. Dark cherries, too, and maple leaves. Full body yet tight and compact with super-fine tannins and a tangy, intense finish. It lasts for minutes. Hints of new wood. Better than 2008: more layers of fruit. Will melt together wonderfully. Try in 2018."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2013

93 Points "Dark raspberries, flowers, mint, licorice and cinnamon all flesh out in the 2009 Barbaresco Il Bricco. Fresher and more vibrant than the straight bottling, the 2009 impresses for its juiciness and generosity. This beautiful Barbaresco from Pio Cesare will drink well for the next decade, perhaps beyond."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - June 2013

92 Points "A modern muscle is flexed with the 2009 Barbaresco Il Bricco that shows more evident oak spice on the bouquet. Juicy layers of dark fruit and dried cherry are pressed between layers of spice, cardamom and toasted almond. The tannins are on the sweet side and are surrounded by thick layers of ripe fruit. It’s a wine with a very likeable and approachable personality."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2008 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

94 Points "The 2008 Barbaresco Il Bricco is impressive. It boasts a serious core of fruit backed up by equally imposing yet well-balanced tannins. Despite its voluptuous, expressive fruit, the Bricco is a wine that truly captures the cool, insistent minerality that is the hallmark of the vintage. There is serious structure here..."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2012

95 Points "Wonderful aromas of flowers and dark fruits with a hint of stones. Full-bodied, with wonderful structure yet the tannins are polished and beautiful. Sweeter and rounder tannins. Balanced wine."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - December 31, 2011

93 Points "Smoky and polished, this modern-style Barbaresco boasts cherry, plum, vanilla and bacon fat aromas and flavors, with licorice and tar notes underneath. ... Fine length."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

92+ Points 92(+?) Points - "Deep full red. Much deeper and more brooding on the nose than the classico, showing burnished, slightly medicinal aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and white truffle. Deep, rich and hugely ripe if a bit youthfully imploded, with nicely integrated acidity. At once chewy and fine-grained, and strong on the finish. This wine has a fairly low pH of 3.28, according to Pio Boffa, and should age extremely well."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2011

93 Points "The 2007 Barbaresco Il Bricco is a powerhouse. Layers of black cherries, espresso, mocha and spices emerge from this large-scaled, powerful wine. The oak is beautifully integrated in this vintage, always an excellent sign for how the wine is likely to evolve over the coming years. There is plenty going on in the glass, as this dark, mysterious Barbaresco continues to develop with air. This is another strong showing from Pio Cesare."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - April 30, 2011

91 Points "Fragrant, delivering sandalwood, incense and floral aromas as cherry and plum notes emerge on the palate. This is open and lush, despite its dense tannins. Very suave and harmonious, needing time to really come together. Excellent finish."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2005 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2009

91 points "The 2005 Barbaresco Il Bricco is a very elegant wine. Layers of perfumed dark red fruit, spices, French oak and roses come together with notable depth on a classic, sturdy frame of impeccable balance."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2009

95 Points A Top-Score "Shows pure plum on the nose, with a combination of violet and smoke. Full-bodied, with layers of ultrafine tannins and a very long finish. Caresses the palate. A wine of strength and elegance."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - April 2009

94 points, #65 of To "Il Bricco is a blockbuster wine with extraordinary intensity and impressive concentration. It's a dark, spice-driven wine with oak aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and powdered spice backed by black currants, forest berry, pressed flowers, curry and turmeric. Austere and brooding, it’s the kind of wine you’ll want to pair with a heavy winter dish that can stand up to its thick, luscious mouthfeel."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

92 points "It bursts from the glass with tons of fruit and a generous, expansive personality buffered by firm, yet elegant tannins. The wine offers outstanding potential, yet it also requires cellaring before offering its finest drinking. ...The oak is especially well used in the 2004, and this is a very beautiful Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2008

94 points "This is wonderfully floral and fruity on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Chewy yet polished. Plenty of ripe blackberry, light toasty oak and vanilla on the finish. Best after 2011."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2003 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2007

89 points "The single-vineyard 2003 Barbaresco Il Bricco is made in big, powerful style loaded with dark fruit, spice and sweet toasted oak....Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - December 15, 2006

92 Points "Losts of plum and blackberry aromas, with hints of wood. Full-bodied, with vanilla and fruit character and a long, flavorful finish. Layered and impressive. Best after 2008."

Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG 2001 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - December 2006

91 Points “New oak closes this off with chocolate richness, but it doesn’t hide the powerful minerality and the black plum-skin character of the fruit. Candied rose-petal scents balance the soil-driven qualities of the wine, leaving a sense of harmony. Designed to age 10 years or more.”

The Wine Advocate - October 31, 2006

91 points "The 2001 Barbaresco Il Bricco, from a vineyard in Treiso, is richer and rounder, with sweet notes of vanilla, toasted oak, earthiness and a lovely core of fruit framed by a balsamic note on the finish. It, too, will benefit from a few years of additional cellaring and will mature later than the normale. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - February 28, 2006

94 Points "Smoke, licorice and berry character. Full-bodied, with rich, ripe and round tannins and sweet berry fruit character. Long and caressing. Delicious already, but well-structured. Best after 2008."

Barbera d'Alba DOC

Barbera d'Alba DOC 2011

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - December 01, 2013

90 Points "Superripe plum, dark chocolate, spicecake and black olive on the rather modern nose. Generous, pliant and sweet, with rich dark fruit and chocolate flavors complicated by saline minerality and a hint of olive tapenade. Harmonious acidity and fine-grained tannins lengthen this smooth wine's finish. Nuanced and interesting barbera."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 29, 2013

90 Points "This wine shows a wonderful character of blueberries and milk chocolate. It has a full body with loads of flavor and a bright finish."

Barbera d'Alba DOC 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

90 Points "Bright red-ruby. Cassis, black cherry and licorice on the rather medicinal nose. Concentrated and savory; nicely balanced and dry, showing none of the vintage's hot side. Finishes saline and long. A very good showing."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2012

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - November 15, 2014

91 Points "A modern style, boasting sweet cherry, raspberry and plum flavors shaded by toasty oak. Despite the added tannins this features plenty of bright acidity and intense, sweet fruit. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2011

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - February 01, 2014

90 Points "Dominated by a veneer of resinous oak, this is lively, with a core of cherry flavors. On the oaky side, gaining polish and balance with air. Long and juicy, but not for purists. Drink now through 2018."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2013

90 Points "A sweet, spiced bouquet leads to black cherry, blackberry, cloves and leather in Pio Cesare's 2011 Barbera d'Alba Fides. The French oak is better balanced than it has been in the past, which allows the fruit to shine. This supple, resonant Barbera is delicious today and should continue to drink well for a handful of years."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 29, 2013

93 Points "Wow! Aromas of dark chocolate, walnuts and blueberries. This wine has a full body with superb richness and huge power. It lasts for minutes on the palate and is chewy yet fresh. This is a wonderful, sexy bottle of Barbera from a vineyard called Colombaro next to Pio Cesare's great Barolo vineyard of Ornato in Serralunga d'Alba."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2010

Decanter - January 2014

95 Points Incredible vanilla and spice from the oak. Floral nose of rose and liquorice. Tannins are evident, but well integrated with good acidity. Amazing complexity with luscious summer fruit pudding character and exemplary length.

Decanter - May 2013

"Outstanding" "...one of the best modern Barbera D'Albas, with subtle scents, serious tannins and the fresh acidity of the variety, ensuring long life and an ageworthiness that most Barbara d'Alba wines lack."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2010 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

90 Points "Pio Cesare’s 2010 Barbera d’Alba Fides is quite beautiful in this vintage. Raspberry jam, cloves, mint and licorice meld together in a voluptuous, seamless Barbera supported by the vibrant acidity of the year. The fruit has more than enough structure to stand up to the French oak, something that hasn’t always been the case. The French oak is evident, but it is better integrated than it has often been in the past."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2009 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

89 Points "The 2009 Barbera d’Alba Fides is another attractive wine. Juicy plums, dark red berries, flowers, spices and French oak all come together in this juicy Barbera."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

92 Points "Good deep red-ruby. Ripe aromas of currant, coffee, mocha, licorice and minerals. Rich and mellow, with dark currant and chocolate flavors complicated by an intriguing yeasty nuance. At once chewy and refined. Finishes with substantial mouthdusting tannins and a touch of anise."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2010

91+ Points "The 2007 Barbera d’Alba Fides is one of the best versions of this wine I can remember tasting. It is also unusually closed and tight for the vintage, but over time layers of ripe, perfumed fruit emerge with superb clarity and precision. The Fides reveals gorgeous persistence on the palate and terrific overall balance."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - December 15, 2009

91 points "A little subdued now, but impressive chocolate, coffee and ripe berry aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of fruit. Big and juicy. Structured."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2006 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2009

89 points "The 2006 Barbera d'Alba Fides is a dark, brooding wine loaded with ripe dark fruit, tar, smoke and French oak. This is an especially dark, sensual Barbera. Sweet, perfumed notes linger on the long finish. The Fides is very strong in 2006."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2005 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

90 points "The 2005 Barbera d'Alba Fides is a soft-textured, caressing Barbera with beautiful aromatics that meld into a palate of ripe red cherries, spices and flowers. This medium- bodied, supple Barbera offers notable harmony. It should continue to drink well for several years. ...Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012."

Barbera d'Alba Fides DOC 2003 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - December 2006

88 Points "Oak gives a cocoa scent to round the cherry fruit of this lush barbera. It's soft and easy to enjoy, especially with long-braised meats, like boar stew."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - May 15, 2006

89 Points "A full-bodied, ripe and almost raisiny red, with a spicy coffee undertone. Well-integrated tannins and a bright, spicy finish."

Barbera d’Alba DOC

Barbera d’Alba DOC 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - December 15, 2009

90 points, A Recomme "Shows blueberry and floral aromas, with hints of sandalwood. Full-bodied, with cream and vanilla character."

Barolo DOCG

Barolo DOCG 2010

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O’Keefe - October 01, 2014

94 Points "Structured and powerful, it features aromas of underbrush, leather, spice, plum cake and subtle oak. The concentrated palate delivers juicy black cherry and red raspberry accented with notes of espresso alongside tightly packed tannins and fresh acidity. Give it time to unwind. "

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - September 26, 2014

93 Points "Pio Cesare's 2010 Barolo is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, lavender, smoke and savory herbs open up in the glass, followed by hints of orange peel and white pepper that add both lift and a hugely appealing element of exoticism. The firm, incisive tannins are going to need a few years to settle down. There is a lot to like in this classic, old-school leaning Barolo. The 2010 was made from less well-exposed parcels in Ornato, along with parcels in Collareto and Briccolina, both of which are in the same general area of Serralunga, plus dollops of fruit from La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, virtually all of it estate fruit."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - July 29, 2014

95 Points "The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic,well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish. Drink: 2016-2028."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - April 15, 2014

94 Points “A fascinating aromas of crushed berries, flowers and light hazelnut. Roses. Violets. Full bodied and super structured with wonderful length and powerful. So much depth to this. Incredible. Savory. Better in 2016 but hard not to drink it.”

Barolo DOCG 2009

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 28, 2013

92 Points "The 2009 Barolo fleshes out in the glass nicely. Smoke, tobacco, worn-in leather, spices and menthol all take shape in a broad, large-scaled Barolo endowed with serious depth. Firm yet nicely-integrated tannins support a voluptuous, creamy finish endowed with serious depth. The 2009 can be enjoyed now, but it also has more than enough depth to drink well for the next decade-plus."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 08, 2013

92 Points "There's an impressive purity of fruit with strawberry character and hints of cream and flowers. White pepper too. Full body, with polished, integrated tannins and a long flavorful finish. Beautiful fruit. Nougat with fruit. Orange peel. Polished and refined."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - June 2013

93 Points "Pio Cesare offers two very distinct expressions of Barolo. The first, the 2009 Barolo, shows classic lines and elegant characteristics of mild spice and forest berry backed by dried ginger, blue flower and anise seed. Its tight, crisp and finely textured mouthfeel appeal to those with a preference for traditional Barolo. Again, this producer has done a good job managing the warmer vintage conditions."

Barolo DOCG 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - November 30, 2012

90 Points "A hard edge underlies this cherry-, strawberry- and herb-flavored red ... shows balance, with a long, elegant finish."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

92 Points "Sweet rosemary, licorice and red berries waft from the glass in Pio Cesare’s 2008 Barolo. This is a fairly approachable vintage for the estate’s Barolo. Firm, young Nebbiolo tannins frame the long finish. ...the 2008 should provide plenty of enjoyment on the near and medium term."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - September 2012

94 Points Cellar Selection "Pio Cesare is on a roll producing vintage after vintage of excellent Barolo. This shows enormous intensity and beauty with perfumed layers of pressed flower, wild berry, vanilla and spice. It boasts a dark, bold appearance and tight tannins that are supported by an excellent quality of fruit."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2012

93 Points "Wonderful aromas of dried roses and berries with hints of peach pit and plums. Lively and focused with plenty of fruit and a lovely line of tannins to it. Drink now or give it two or three years to soften."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

90-92 Points "Moderately saturated medium red. Red cherry, marzipan, minerals and underbrush on the nose; perfumed... Finishes with dusty, serious tannins, a savory chewy quality, and lingering notes of red cherry and camphor. Like the Barbaresco, this displays the energy of the vintage's better examples."

Barolo DOCG 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 2011

90 Points Best Buy "Spicy and bright with red fruit flavor, this is underlined by nebbiolo's sneaky tannins. They come on with an iron grip, then open to scents of roses. This is powered by alcohol, but well within the bounds of balance. Cellar it several years then decant for braised duck."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - November 15, 2011

90 Points "This round red is full of sweet cherry and plum flavors, with hints of licorice and spices. The richness is offset by dense tannins..."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

91+ Points 91(+?) Points - "Good deep red. Very closed but pure nose offers currant, marzipan, mocha and a whiff of truffle. Quite sweet on the front half and almost surprisingly round and opulent. Then turns more dry and classic toward the back, finishing with serious, dusty, fine-grained tannins."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2011

93 Points "The 2007 Barolo is inviting, sweet and open, yet has plenty of underlying tannins to provide support. It shows terrific balance in a style that reconciles the traditionalist leanings of this bottling with the ripe quality of the year. Sweet hints of tobacco, spices, leather and herbs add complexity on the textured yet grippy finish. Pio Cesare’s straight Barolo doesn’t seem to get the attention or spotlight it deserves, but it has truly been one of Piedmont’s under the radar jewels for some time."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - September 2011

95 Points Cellar Selection "Pio Cesare and the 2007 vintage marry beautifully to produce a layered, opulent, textured, rich wine that is bursting with zesty red fruit, sassy spice, leather and toasted espresso bean. What really sets this wine apart is the dense smoothness of its texture. Save this bottle in your cellar 10 years or more."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - May 14, 2011

93 Points "Love the nose on this with nutmeg and other spices, not to mention the ripe fruits such as currants and plums. Full and wonderfully balanced with ultra-fine tannins and a bright finish. Bright and tannic. Delicious already."

Barolo DOCG 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - March 31, 2011

91 Points "Sweet and spicy, displaying a viscous texture that envelops the cherry, menthol and allspice notes. Firm, upright tannins on the finish keep this honest, and the spice lingers, along with notes of mineral."

Los Angeles Times - S. Irene Virbilia - February 03, 2011

Wine of the Week "It's a fine example of classic Barolo and at a very good price for the quality. Fresh and round, it has a chiseled structure and wonderful balance. No need to wait on this one unless you want to: It's drinking beautifully now, superb with a roast duck or brasato (beef braised in red wine)."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2010

94 Points "The 2006 Barolo offers up a super-classic profile of tar, roses, raspberries and licorice, all wrapped around a firm core of tannins. Fresh and vibrant throughout, the Barolo impresses for its superb balance and poise. ... This is a magnificent, impeccable Barolo from Pio Cesare, but it will be even better in a few years."

Decanter - Tom Maresca - August 01, 2010

4 Stars "Slightly closed, but a large-scale wine with tons of Nebbiolo character. Give it time."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 01, 2009

91-93 points "Good deep red. Sweet but lower-toned aromas of mocha and nuts. Powerful, broad and rich, with a plush texture to the flavors of plum, coffee and mocha. There's something distinctly old school about this wine and yet there's a pliancy to the middle palate. Finishes with suave, building tannins that reach the front teeth."

Barolo DOCG 2005 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2009

91 points "The estate’s 2005 Barolo is pretty and sensual in its dark fruit, menthol, spices and licorice. This mid-weight Barolo reveals gorgeous balance and a long finish and a relatively accessible personality for this bottling."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2009

93 Points "Very ripe fruit aromas, with sultana, prune and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with seamless yet chewy tannins and a long finish. Lasts a long time."

Barolo DOCG 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - April 2009

93 Points "Here’s a beautifully crafted, oak-driven wine that needs at least four or five more years of cellar aging before it reaches true harmony and balance. The wine’s aromas are focused on Indian spice, vanilla, toasted nut and plush blackberry. It tastes bright and fresh but has the natural complexity to promise great things to come."

Wine Spectator Online - November 12, 2008

#6 of Top 100 Wines "This big, juicy, chewy wine is one of Piedmont's most reliable and widely available quality blended Barolos. Pio Boffa represents the fourth generation to run this estate, located in the heart of Barolo's capital of Alba. He sources Nebbiolo grapes from the winery's own vineyards in the Serralunga d'Alba commune and supplements them with grapes from trusted suppliers in the region."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

93 points "The estate's 2004 Barolo is very elegant in this vintage. Although the wine is firm and quite primary, the tannins are sweet, silky and refined. Today the wine reveals just a glimpse of its potential but it should develop into a gem with time. While most of the attention at Pio Cesare goes to the Barolo Ornato, this is the hidden beauty in this lineup. ...Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2008

94 points, Highly Re "Extremely attractive aromas of blackberry, fresh mushroom and mahogany. Full-bodied, with lovely fruit, soft tannins and a long finish. Chewy, yet balanced and pretty. Builds on the palate. A big and juicy red. Best after 2010."

Barolo DOCG 2003 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - October 15, 2007

92 Points "Has fabulous blackberry and mineral, with hints of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Very concentrated, yet racy and structured...Gorgeous. Best after 2009."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2007

91 points "The 2003 Barolo is a terrific effort and once again demonstrates the advantage of blending fruit from various sources, especially in challenging vintages. Initially reticent, the wine gradually opens to reveal gorgeous notes of smoke, tar, roses and scorched earth on a linear, classically-built frame. This pure, sweet Barolo offers outstanding balance, well-integrated tannins and an engaging personality....Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023."

Barolo DOCG 2002 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - JS - December 31, 2006

88 points "Pleasing aromas of milk chocolate and fruit. Medium-bodied, with delicious fruit and light vanilla flavors and a medium finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases made."

Barolo DOCG 2001 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - December 2006

94 Points, #32 in To

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2006

90 points "Made from a blend of parcels in various parts of the zone, the house's 2001 Barolo normale offers a classic, somewhat austere profile. It opens with a pretty, balsamic nose that is followed by sweet dark fruit and tar flavors that develop in the glass with notable length, persistence and freshness on the finish. It will drink well to at least age 20. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - February 28, 2006

94 Points - Highly R "Very pretty plum and fresh flower aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and serious. Very close to the fabulous 1997. Best after 2009."

Barolo DOCG 2000 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - June 30, 2011

91 Points "The 2000 Barolo has a very classic feel to it. Hints of rose petal, spices, licorice, and tobacco lead to red cherries and flowers in this delicate, subtle wine. The fruit unfolds beautifully through the mid-palate and finish. This is an impressive, totally delicious Barolo."

Barolo DOCG 1997 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator online - James Suckling - May 23, 2007

95 Points, non-blind "This was the magazine’s No. 7 wine in the Top 100 in 2001. And it is holding on beautifully. It shows aromas of tar and black berries with an underlying minerally character. It’s full bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and a long finish. Gorgeous. And they made over 6,000 cases of this! Drink now or hold.

The interesting thing is that Pio Boffa thinks that the 2000, 1997 and 1978 all have a lot in common and that they were all from very hot years. I think his 1997 will age as well, if not better, than the 1978 and the 2000 might be better than the two."

Barolo Ornato DOCG

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2010

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 08, 2014

94 Points "Discreet nuances of vanilla and toast accent the core of cherry, raspberry and floral in this elegant, yet firm Barolo. Beautifully balanced, complex and long, with leather, tar and mineral elements emerging on the finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O’Keefe - October 01, 2014

91 Points "From one of Barolo's most storied houses, this concentrated wine opens with aromas of toasted oak, espresso, red berry, leather and baking spices. The palate offers up sweet oak, vanilla, toasted notes, mocha, roasted coffee bean and juicy black cherry alongside bracing tannins."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - September 26, 2014

96+ Points "The 2010 Barolo Ornato is quite possibly the best wine I have ever tasted from Pio Cesare's hillside site in Serralunga. Exotic, beguiling and constantly changing in the glass, the 2010 Ornato races across the palate with compelling nuance, brightness and energy. Red stone fruits, crushed rocks, orange peel, spices and white pepper all blossom from the glass in an exotic Barolo full of allure. The 2010 captures all of the mystique of what Serralunga is all about. This is a fabulous showing from Pio Boffa and the team at Pio Cesare."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - July 29, 2014

94 Points "Executed in a bolder style, the 2010 Barolo Ornato is born in the Serralunga d'Alba township where Nebbiolo tends to show more structure, power and density. Indeed, the richness smoothness and overall opulence of the 2010 vintage is irresistible. This is an elegant and articulate wine that boast a long aromatic range, spanning from berry fruit to ethereal balsam oil. Yet, all the while, it shows the spicy endnotes and softness of barrel aging. Barolo Ornato is aged in new barrique (70%) and large casks. It's almost ready to drink out of the gate. Drink: 2015-2018."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - March 24, 2014

96 Points Top 100 of 2014 "This is amazing character in the nose with tar and earth and floral character. Fruit too. Pure. Full body, with fantastic polished tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Great finish with ripe tannins and fruit. Serious wine. What a finish. Try in 2017."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - December 01, 2013

92+ Points "Good bright red. Deeper-pitched but less expressive than the normale, offering scents of plums, red cherry, currant, menthol and spices. Suave on entry, then nicely floral and fine-grained in the mouth, with enticing sweetness to the red cherry and redcurrant fruit flavors. Larger scaled than the house's Barbaresco II Bricco but also more backward and muscular today. This needs patience but should blossom with time in the cellar."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - October 28, 2013

92 Points "Tar, smoke, licorice and iron all inform Pio Cesare's 2009 Barolo Ornato, a wine loaded with tons of pure Serralunga power. Rich and broad on the palate, the 2009 boasts striking depth and persistence. The warm growing season notwithstanding, the 2009 comes across as more classic than recent vintages, with less French oak influence."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 09, 2013

92 Points "A touch of new oak adds spice and sweetness to the macerated cherry, menthol and tar notes. Firm and compact, showing a dense profile and a long finish of tar and savory. "

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 08, 2013

96 Points "The aromas are full of white truffles, dark fruits and dried flowers. Blueberries too. Full body that kicks in on the finish. It goes on for minutes. Tight and very integrated with beautifully polished tannins and pretty fruit."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - June 2013

93+ Points "The 2009 Barolo Ornato, on the other hand, shows a “modern” approach with softer fruit layers and thicker, velvety texture. The fact that the fruit is sourced in the Serralunga d’Alba township (known for more opulent wines) underlines the wine’s open and overt personality."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2008

Decanter - Stephen Brook - November 01, 2014

93 Points "Spicy, stylish, red fruit nose. Svelte and concentrated, not too tannic, lively and well balanced, with integrated oak and fine length."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - May 06, 2014

97 Points "This winery is a mainstay of high-quality Barolo. The Ornato single-vineyard Barolo from 2008 is subtle yet complex, with wonderful character of peach, plum and rose. It’s full-bodied, with impressive intensity and structure. Best to drink in 2016."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2008 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - December 18, 2012

97 Points Top 10 Wines in 2012 Ranked #6- "Barolo is always on my list of great wines any year. And the 2008 single vineyard Ornato from Pio Cesare nails the wonderful aromatics, harmony and structure of the vintage for Barolo. It’s well priced and readily available."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2012

93+ Points "The 2008 Barolo Ornato is pretty, precise and delineated. This is a more reserved style than has been typical of Ornato in previous years. The French oak seems less obvious than in the past, while the flavor profile is more classic. Layers of dark red berries, flowers, menthol, spicebox and rose petals wrap around the powerful close. Overall, 2008 is shaping up to be a very classic vintage for the Ornato."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2012

97 Points "Subtle yet complex aromas of peaches, plums and roses turn to walnuts, hazelnuts, and spice. Full-bodied, with impressive intensity and structure. A beautiful line to the wine with ultra-fine tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Super focused."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - December 15, 2011

93 Points "This modern-style red features aromas and flavors of sweet vanilla, coconut, blackberry and tar."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

94 Points "Quite closed on the nose, with the oak element in the foreground. Then hugely rich and opulent in the mouth, with an utterly smooth texture that goes beyond the other 2007s here. The concentration of plummy red fruit is accentuated by the wine's energy. Explosively long finish saturates the entire mouth with rich tannins."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2011

95 Points "The 2007 Barolo Ornato is striking. It shows marvelous delineation in it aromatics, tremendous breadth on the palate and fabulous balance. As always, the Ornato is a plush Barolo, with tons of Serralunga character and muscle. Rose petals, crushed flowers and spices add complexity to the dark fruit, while the French oak is very well-integrated. This is one of the most polished wines I have ever tasted from Pio Cesare."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - September 2011

94 Points Cellar Selection "Ornato is an opulent, modern expression of Barolo with lush oak tones that will require at least 10 more years to find perfect harmony. The 2007 vintage offers extra pulp and chewy cherry concentration that this wine upholds very successfully. You’ll love the plumpness and overall chocolaty richness available here."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - May 14, 2011

97 Points "Dark color with lovely ruby red edge. What a nose of blackberries, blueberries and hazelnuts! Full bodied, with amazing tannins that are velvety and gorgeous. Oranges and plums in the aftertaste. This is the best Ornato ever? This is the new 1958."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - March 31, 2011

93 Points "A touch of wood adds warmth and spice, with vanilla and smoke notes accenting black cherry, licorice and leather flavors. The muscular tannins add power to this Barolo's well-toned profile."

Wine Spectator Insider - Bruce Sanderson - January 05, 2011

93 Points "A touch of wood adds warmth and spice, with vanilla and smoke notes accenting black cherry, licorice and leather flavors. The muscular tannins add power to this Barolo’s well-toned profile."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2010

94 Points "The estate’s 2006 Barolo Ornato expresses the power and masculinity of Serralunga in a rich, opulent style packed with dark fruit. The Ornato shows marvelous concentration and vibrancy, with added layers of dimension from the French oak. It is a fascinating wine to contrast with the straight Barolo, as each of these 2006s reveals a different shade of nuance. There is a marvelous intensity to the fruit, along with substantial grip on the finish."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2005 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2009

92 points "The 2005 Barolo Ornato shows outstanding depth and complexity in its note of licorice, iron, plums, prunes, French oak and minerals. ...[I]s lighter in body than has been the case in the past vintages, which renders the wine quite classic in feel."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2009

95 Points A Top-Score "Very pretty aromas of sweet strawberry pie, with hints of plum and flowers. Full-bodied, with polished yet chewy tannins and bright acidity. A big, juicy wine. A Barolo for the cellar."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Robb Report - Anthony Dias Blue - June 01, 2009

A Best of the Best 2 "Ripe, lush, beefy, and tangy with acidity and depth of flavor, Pio Cesare 2004 Barolo Ornato goes long and deep on the palate, revealing spiced plum and ripe berry fruit. Elegant and amazing."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

94 points "The 2004 Barolo Ornato is the most distinguished Ornato yet. This Barolo remains very primary and backward, yet there is a haunting inner perfume that occasionally makes an appearance here and that augurs very well for the wine’s future. The tannins are fine but also beautifully balanced by the wine's massive fruit. ...Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - September 30, 2008

96 points "Very pretty and focused, with lots of subtle aromas, from black cherry to freshly cut flowers. Full-bodied and powerful, with chewy tannins and a long, rich finish. All to come here. Best after 2011."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2003 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - October 15, 2007

94 Points "Very beautiful aromas of berry, tar and rose follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish of berry and vanilla. Very, very impressive. Polished and structured. Best after 2010."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2007

92 points "The 2003 Barolo Ornato, from a vineyard in Serralunga, is a big, brooding wine loaded with scorched earth, smoke, dark fruit and plenty of toasted oak. Made in full-bodied, super-ripe style, the wine possesses outstanding depth with a note of alcoholic warmth on the finish....[T]his is a very strong effort from Pio Cesare. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023."

Barolo Ornato DOCG 2001 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 31, 2006

91 Points "The 2001 Barolo Ornato is this estates more modern-styled Barolo. It is a backward effort, packed with dark fruit, scorched earth, toasted oak and tar flavors that are typical of Serralunga, in a potent style, with excellent persistence on the palate and an attractive finish. It will drink well to age 20, and likely beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021."

Wine Enthusiast - J.C. - March 2006

90 Points "Creamy textured, supple Barolo with strong oak overtones, it boasts aromas of coffee and vanilla layered over black cherries. It's nicely balanced in terms of alcohol and acid, with a creamy mouthfeel and dried-spice notes on the finish."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - February 28, 2006

95 Points "Aromas of blackberries, licorice and berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of delicious plum fruit and toasted oak. Lovely finish. Very young. Very refined. Best after 2008."

Decanter - May 2005

Recommended "Pungent, appealing and complex; smoky, floral, enticing. Firm, youthful structure, with plummy, sweet fruit underneath. More traditional style."

Chardonnay L'Altro DOC

Chardonnay L'Altro DOC 2012

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 29, 2013

90 Points "This is intense and beautiful with a lemon curd, apple character plus hints of bread dough. This is full-bodied, and very flavorful on the palate and finish. Fermented in 75% stainless steel with the rest barrel-fermented before being aged seven months."

Chardonnay L’Altro DOC

Chardonnay L’Altro DOC 2007 Archived REVIEWS

San Francisco Chronicle - Lynne Char Bennett - July 18, 2008

2 Stars (Good) "Fresh and dry and clean and light, with no evident oak, a slightly oily texture and good balance. Mild, with fairly ubiquitous fruity aromas and flavors. A typical example of Italian Chardonnay."

Chardonnay Piodilei DOC

Chardonnay Piodilei DOC 2011

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - December 15, 2013

91 Points "Lime and apple flavors are singed by oak spice in this sleek white, revealing a mineral undercurrent. Balanced and intense, building to a long aftertaste of citrus and spice. Drink now through 2018."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 29, 2013

94 Points "This is a super Burgundian-like Chardonnay with minerals, apples and hints of lime. Full body, yet fresh and vibrant with an incredible finish of vanilla, ripe apples and peaches. So intense at the end. 100% barrel fermented for about 10 months, then aged for about 10 months."

Chardonnay Piodilei DOC 2010 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

89+ Points 89(+?) Points - "Bright medium yellow with a greenish tinge. Cooler aromas of lime ice, white flowers and fresh herbs. Dense, even glyceral, in the mouth, but with juicy lemony acidity giving the wine a bracing, youthfully disjointed character."

Chardonnay Piodilei DOC 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

88 Points "Bright medium yellow with a gold tinge. Exotic nectarine, fresh apricot and mango on the very ripe nose, with notes of honey, nuts and marzipan emerging with air. Rich and high in alcohol, but at the same time quite dry and savory, with plenty of fruit. Finishes with a floral element."

Chardonnay Piodilei DOC 2003 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - J.C. - March 2006

90 Points "Cesare's top Chard is a winner, balancing toasty, mealy notes from oak aging with honeyed peaches from fully ripe grapes. Hints of butter garnish this full-bodied wine, which ends with mingling nuances of citrus and toasted nuts."

Cortese di Gavi DOCG

Cortese di Gavi DOCG 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Los Angeles Times - Jean T. Barrett - September 03, 2008

"Piedmont produces some of Italy's most distinguished and aromatic white wines, and late summer is the ideal season to savor the 2007 vintage of Pio Cesare's Cortese di Gavi DOCG, an appley, minerally white from the hills of Gavi. Made 100% from the Cortese grape, an indigenous varietal, this pale golden wine offers an expansive lime-scented bouquet and round, citrusy flavors along with a steely acidic backbone that pairs well with seafood (think crostini with tuna and caper mayonnaise)."

San Francisco Chronicle - Lynne Char Bennett - July 18, 2008

2.5 Stars (Good-Exce "Lime and green apple aromas and flavors; some fruity mass balances the acidity typical from this grape. Lemon zest and minerals on the finish. A better- than-average Gavi."

Miami Herald - Fred Tasker - July 17, 2008

Recommended "Rich green apple, melon and mineral flavors; quite crisp and lively."

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2012

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - January 11, 2013

88 Points "Black cherry and black currant flavors are the main themes here, with a touch of black pepper. Densely textured, showing moderate length."

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2010 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

88 Points "Good bright, dark red-ruby. Pure, floral aromas of black cherry, plum and redcurrant, complicated by mint and leather. A ripe, savory midweight with a supple middle and good energy. Nicely smaller-scaled stainless steel dolcetto, finishing with good length and an intriguing saline quality."

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Columbus Dispatch - Jon Christensen - February 14, 2008

"The 2005 Dolcetto d'Alba from Pio Cesare exhibits the all-around excellence that one expects from that top-rate winery. Properly shy of medium-bodied and with a lively finish..."

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition - 2007

Critics Gold Distinguished as a wine of "exceptional characteristics that goes well beyond technical correctness."

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - December 2006

89 Points “A tannic dolcetto, this 2004 has a hard mineral edge to its black fruit, with the taste of a porcini charred on the grill. The earthy character offers potential to develop with a year or two of age. Serve it with grilled game birds.”

The Washington Post - Ben Giliberti - August 30, 2006

"Dolcetto, sometimes described as Italy's answer to Beaujolais, is a surprisingly complex wine that seems to be getting better every year... It offers good structure and notable acidity on the finish, and lots of fleshy fruit to complement barbecued meats and poultry. At prices that average between $15 and $20, it's an excellent value."

Nebbiolo Langhe DOC

Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2008 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - November 2011

89 Points "Medium red with a hint of amber. Aromas of redcurrant, dried flowers, menthol and marzipan; smells like a small-scaled Barolo. Saline and dry, with good definition and cut to the red berry, earth and tobacco flavors. Good fresh wine with a firm tannic backbone."

Oltre Langhe DOC

Oltre Langhe DOC 2008

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - January 18, 2013

90 Points "Fresh blackberry, black currant, violet and spice flavors form the core of this polished, modern red. Balanced and expressive, with a juicy finish. Barbera, Nebbiolo, Cabernet and Merlot."

Winery

Winery Archived REVIEWS

Bloomberg - John Mariani - July 26, 2010

"Pio Cesare goes back five generations, to 1881, and while the winery clings to traditions the family pioneered, it takes advantage of the most modern technical advances."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2008

"Proprietor Pio Boffa has fashioned some of the finest wines of his career with his 2004 Barbarescos and Barolos. These 2004s are remarkably open even at this early stage."