Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Fides DOC
February 1, 2017, Antonio Galloni
“The top of the line 2014 Barbera d’Alba Fides is another terrific wine for the year. Plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, mocha, espresso and dark spices infuse this impeccably layered Barbera. The influence of Serralunga is felt in the wine’s breath and overall texture. The 2014 spent two years in equal parts French oak barrels and casks.”
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.
This is a single vineyard Barbera from Pio Cesare's "Colombaro" vineyard near the famous Ornato estate in Serralunga d’Alba. “Fides” is Latin for trust and faith. A true act of faith and trust was made by the Pio Cesare family when, instead of nebbiolo, the winery planted barbera in a vineyard where a great Barolo could have been produced. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. There is skin contact for about 10 days. Right after the drawing off, the wine rests 20 months in medium-toasted French oak casks, 80 percent in barriques and 20 percent in 20-hectoliter casks.
Fresh ripe fruit, pulp and spices provide the Barbera d’Alba Fides with body, structure, depth, full concentration and harmony of flavors. This is a sumptuous wine and meant to age.
Varietals: 100% Barbera
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Titratable Acidity: 7.2 g/L
Aging: 20 months in medium-toasted French oak casks, 80% in barriques and 20% in 20-hectoliter casks