Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato DOCG

Piemonte, Italy

Vintage:2019 (Current)

2016 (Past) | 2017 (Past) | 2018 (Past) | 2020 (Pending)

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Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato DOCG 2019
  • W&S 94
  • JD 94
  • WS 94


Wine Spectator 94 Points October 2023, Bruce Sanderson

An inviting red, offering ripe plum, cherry, earth, eucalyptus, iron and tobacco flavors. Turns denser and slightly chewy on the finish, where earth and vegetal elements echo. All the components are here, so be patient. Best from 2027 through 2047.

Wine & Spirits 94 Points October 2023, Stephanie Johnson

Notes of espresso, vanilla bean, toasted almond adorn this wine’s rich red-cherry and raspberry flavors. Saline hints balance those spicy notes, which should integrate well with the generous fruit tones over the next five years.

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points May 4, 2023, Audrey Frick

Introspective but expressive, the 2019 Barolo Ornato takes on more spice and savor with its notes of black licorice and cedar and is bolder in and broader in its expression. It has a more solar and warming feel, with medium to full body, ample structure, and fantastic length. This more serious and broad-shouldered wine will benefit from time in the cellars and move into more leather and red plum tones in the future. Drink 2025-2045.


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.

First launched with the 1985 vintage, Barolo Ornato was Pio Cesare's original single-vineyard bottling. Great structure, power, concentration, with a very long life. Produced in small quantities.


This is a single-vineyard Barolo from very ripe grapes of three different plots of the famous Pio Cesare family’s Ornato estate in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the top vineyards in the Barolo region. It is fermented in stainless steel with skin contact for 30 days and aged in in oak botti for about 30 months, and a small amount in French oak for the first 12 months.

Tasting Notes

This wine has great structure and concentration, with ripe fruit, soft tannins and tobacco. May be enjoyed upon release, but will reward time in the cellar. 

Harvest Notes

The particular conditions of the 2019 vintage, with its warm climate and the absence of extremes (frost, heat spikes), an abundant water supply and a late harvest, allowed the Nebbiolo grape to complete its ripening without any stress, enhancing the typical character of each locations, revealing the fascinating diversity of the region characterized by different altitude, positions, exposures, soil and microclimate.

The family started picking Nebbiolo for Barolo on October 13th in the village of Serralunga d’Alba at the Briccolina and Ornato vineyards, usually the earliest sites due to their exposure and soil compoistion. Harvest continued in the other vineyards of Serralunga (Lirano and Serra), in Monforte d’Alba (Mosconi) and in La Morra (Roncaglie), concluding on October 20th in Novello at the Ravera vineyard.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo