Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Fides DOC

Piemonte, Italy

Vintage:2015 (Past)

2016 (Current)

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Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Fides DOC 2015



94 Points

December 18, 2018, Tom Hyland

“Ideal ripeness, good acidity, moderate tannins and beautiful spicy notes of coriander and cardamom, with blackberry, black plum and grilled meat notes. Subtle oak provides an overall harmony and superb varietal character.”

Vinous Media

92 Points

June 2018, Antonio Galloni

“The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Fides is another terrific wine from Pio Cesare. Mocha, plum, black cherry, smoke, licorice and leather, along with a touch of French oak, give the wine its soft contours and voluptuous, racy personality. This is a decidedly extroverted style, but it works.”

Wine & Spirits

90 Points

December 1, 2017, Stephanie Johnson

“This feels decadently rich, the flavors of macerated black plum and sour cherry layered with notes of black licorice and molten dark chocolate. Warmed by ample alcohol and sweet spice notes from 20 months in oak, it’s a wine for pasta with a robust Bolognese sauce.”

Wine Spectator

90 Points

November 15, 2017, Bruce Sanderson

“A solid, muscular style, displaying blackberry, plum, bittersweet chocolate and violet notes. Balanced, with a firm finish, but needs time to show all the facets.”

The Wine Advocate

91 Points

June 30, 2017, Monica Larner

“Fruit for the 2015 Barbera d’Alba Fides comes from the Colombaro vineyard (where Chardonnay is also planted) in Serralunga d’Alba. In fact, these vineyards are legally registered to produced Barolo and the name Fides (“faith”) is a nod to the hope and promise placed in the Barbera grape. This is a three-hectare plot that makes some 7,000 bottles per year. Yields are very low. The vines were planted in 1992 and the clone produces smaller berries and clusters. Indeed, the wine’s appearance is impenetrable and black as a result. The bouquet is full and generous, and the wine reveals its big bones in terms of mouthfeel.”


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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Barbera

Wine Alcohol: 14.50%

Titratable Acidity: 6.25 g/L

pH: 3.47

Aging: 20 months in medium-toasted French oak casks, 80% in barriques and 20% in 20 hectoliter casks

Suggested Retail Price: $49.00