Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Fides DOC
December 15, 2018, Bruce Sanderson
“This red hits all the right notes, with the vibrant structure focusing the violet, black cherry, blackberry and tobacco flavors. This tightens up as it crosses the finish line. Drink now through 2023. 1,333 cases made.”
Wine & Spirits
December 2018, Stephanie Johnson
“Barbera vines planted in Serralunga d’Alba’s Colombaro vineyard supply the fruit for this deeply concentrated wine. Layers of black licorice and melted chocolate enrich the wine’s dark fruit flavors, and a note of salinity brightens the finish.”
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 maceration for 25 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.
Full body, structure and concentration. Ripe fruit and spicy. This is a sumptuous wine and meant to age. An extremely small quantity produced.
Varietals: 100% Barbera
Aging: 20 months in medium-toasted French oak casks, 80% in barriques and 20% in 20 hectoliter casks