Pio Cesare Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG
November 15, 2017, Bruce Sanderson
“Coffee, licorice, leather and sweet spices are the main flavors in this red, with ripe cherry notes lurking underneath, all underscored by a mineral element. Dense, muscular tannins shore up the lightly astringent finish.”
October 20, 2017, James Suckling
“Extremely perfumed with strawberry and floral character. Rose petals, tar and mushrooms. Medium to full body, super firm and refined tannins and a long and succulent finish. The tannin quality is really superb. Great finesse and purity. Perfect follow-up to the excellent 2012. Drink in 2020 but a joy to taste now.”
October 1, 2017, Antonio Galloni
“A dark, rich wine, the 2013 Barbaresco Il Bricco is laced with dark cherry, mocha, plum, licorice, tobacco and smoke. Il Bricco is a more complex and pedigreed wine than the straight Barbaresco only because it is a much smaller production wine from a single vineyard site whereas the Barbaresco is a larger production wine from a number of sites. But the winemaking here, especially the influence of French oak, is ultimately a distraction. Stated more simply, Il Bricco could be - and should be - a materially better and more pedigreed Barbaresco.”
The Wine Advocate
June 30, 2017, Monica Larner
“Some 70% of the fruit harvested from this single vineyard goes to the classic Barbaresco. The rest of the fruit is directed to the 2013 Barbaresco Il Bricco. Some 6,000 bottles are produced. This is a fantastic wine that offers a concise portrait of Nebbiolo from Barbaresco in a cooler vintage. The wine is elegant and impactful with thick layers of cherry and fragrant rose at its core. It boasts a firm tannic structure. Those aromas soften as the wine warms in the glass to become more ethereal and elegant with time. Licorice, smoke and pressed violets appear on a second, more subtle wave of aromas.”
The Pio Cesare family’s unique winemaking method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. A ceaseless devotion to the individuality of each of the region’s wines informs Pio Cesare's choices in the cellar: shorter maceration, separate lot fermentation, judicious selection for barrel and large cask aging, and bottling schedules determined by the ideal structure of each wine. This allows Pio Cesare to craft wines of varying weight, ageability and drinkability as determined by the vineyard rather than market fashion.
Year after year, the wines of Pio Cesare are recognized for their consistency and regional expression. From world-class Barolo and Barbaresco to crisp Cortese and sweet Moscato, the wines of Pio Cesare offer exceptional quality and variety.
“Il Bricco” is a single-vineyard Barbaresco using very ripe grapes from several plots in the famous “Il Bricco” estate owned by the Pio Cesare family. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, with 15 days of skin contact. This wine ages in French oak for 30 months: 70 percent in new barriques and 30 percent in 20-hectoliter casks.
It is produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages.
This wine is powerful and structured, rich in ripe fruit, opulent, spicy and will have a very long life.
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo
Aging: In French oak for 30 months 70% in new barriques and 30% in 20-hectoliter casks
Suggested Retail Price: $129.00