Pio Cesare Barbaresco Il Bricco DOCG
December 17, 2018, James Suckling
“This shows phenomenal structure to it with fantastic linear tannins that take this wine deep and long on the palate. It’s buttressed by a beautiful balance of ripe fruit characterized by strawberry and orange-peel undertones. Chewy and focused. Needs four or five years to soften and show its true greatness.”
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: $144.00