Pio Cesare Barolo Mosconi DOCG
March 4, 2019, Stephen Brook
“The company bought this fine Monforte vineyard in 2014, and this is their first vintage, which is mostly aged in barriques, The nose is perfumed, with rose aromas and great charm and finesse. The palate is svelte but has great concentration and a firm tannic backbone. Indeed, it's rather grippy now but not tough. There's power but the alcohol is in check, lending an imposing character and a very long finish.”
January 6, 2019, James Suckling
“Incredibly perfumed with unique aromas of white truffles, peaches, dark berries and dried flowers. Fresh and bright. Full body, very silky tannins and a long and gorgeous finish. So progressive and seamless. Magnificent. First vintage of this single vineyard wine. Only 5,000. Starting drinking in 2023.”
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.
Mosconi is thought to be one of the true “grand crus” of the commune of Monforte d’Alba, itself one the most prestigious areas within Barolo. Its soils and microclimates allow Nebbiolo to grow exceptionally well and produce styles of Barolo with great structure, incredibly unique and distinctive aromas, and big opulent tannins that are accessible and ripen, silky and rich.
This is a single-vineyard Barolo from grapes sourced from the oldest Nebbiolo vines (1945 and 1971) in the family's famous Mosconi vineyard in Monforte d’Alba.
The grapes are softly crushed and destemmed at the winery's ancient cellars in the center of Alba. Fermented in two stainless steel tanks for ten days: the skin cap, frequently punched down, reached a maximum temperature of 86°F. Maceration on the skins for over 30 days. Malolactic fermentation started during the maceration and was completed in mid-January 2016 in the barrels and in the botti. Aging in three French oak barriques (two new and one from 2014) from mid-January 2016 to December 2017, and in one botte of French Oak and one botte from eastern Europeam oak until February 2018. It was then assembled, slightly fined and bottled in July 2018.
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo