Pio Cesare Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba DOCG

Piemonte, Italy

Vintage:2017 (Current)

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Pio Cesare Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba DOCG 2017
  • WE 94
  • WS 93
  • D 92


Wine Spectator

93 Points

September 22, 2021, Bruce Sanderson

“A powerful style, this red evokes plum, fruitcake, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors, delivering big fruit and tannins that will require a few years to integrate. Notes of eucalyptus and wild herbs add depth to the finish. Best from 2025 through 2046.”

Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

July 1, 2021, Kerin O'Keefe

“Ripe plum, blue flower, cedar and sunbaked earth aromas lead the way. On the full-bodied, savory palate, tightly knit, refined tannins envelope raspberry jam, fleshy black cherry and baking spice. Best 2023–2029.”


92 Points

March 28, 2021, Aldo Fiordelli

“This is a Barolo that's easy to drink but it's far from simple. Restrained aromas of rose, dark fruits and orange leaf are followed by a firm and tannic palate, although it's also crisp, lively and refreshing. It has a grainy youthful texture and an austere finish with good length. It will improve with age.”


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.

Exclusively for the 140th anniversary, the family is paying homage to the backbone of its Barolo production by bottling a wine exclusively sourced from the soil and terroir of Serralunga d’Alba. Only 1,881 bottles produced—a nod to the winery's founding year. 


The grapes are sourced from family-owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba: Ornato, La Briccolina, Serra and Lirano—all represented on the label by a multi-colored tetrahedron. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, with skin contact maceration for about 30 days. 70 percent of the wine is aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter Slavonian and French oak "botti" for three years, while 30 percent ages in mid-toasted French oak  barriques.

Harvest Notes

2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Langhe area producing high quality Barolo of great elegance, concentration, power, structure and aging potential. Unlike other great Italian grape varieties, Nebbiolo is characterized by very long roots that grow deep in the powerful limestone and clay soils of our region (especially in the village of Serralunga and Monforte), reaching the moisture and the water reservoirs, resisting the heat in a magnificent way. Therefore, the Nebbiolo vines in 2017 grew without any stress despite the hot climate, reaching a more complete ripening with rounder and softer tannins, producing more approachable wines.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo

Cases Produced: 1,881 bottles