Pio Cesare - Barolo 2013 DOCG

Pio Cesare

Barolo 2013 DOCG

Alba, Italy

Probably it is due to the austere vintage labelling, or for a wine rank that I saw many years ago, but I feel the charm of Pio Cesare’s wine. So for my birthday eve, I opt for this Barolo 2013. It is produced suing family owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra and Novello. The grapes vinified in stainless steel tanks. Skin and maceration last for about 25-30 days at high temperatures. Then most the divine nectar ages for about 30 months in oak barrels, while a small portion sleeps in French oak barriques. Salute!


In the glass the wine has beautiful and aristocratic garnet colour. I would love to have the curtains of my bedroom in the same shade. The intensity is pale.


The aromas intensity is medium plus. You need a couple of swirls to make the perfumes explode. At the nostrils, it is a triumph of perfectly ripe red cherry, but still crunchy, red currant and a sweet strawberry. The hints of rose and iris make the aromatic bouquet even more graceful. Another swirl, and a vibrant black pepper, refreshing, eucalyptus, medicinal and liquorice come out. The long nap in the oak donates delicate notes of cloves, vanilla, noble cedar, smoke and dark chocolate. But the best to our nostrils is given by the tertiaries: fine leather, forest floor, mushroom and game. It seems to walk in the forest in autumn looking for the chestnuts. Luckily we manage to avoid the deer’s poop just about, as the farmyard hint is really subtle (apologies for the rhetoric figure). The aromatic palette is so intriguing; I cannot stop myself to sniff into the glass. Only the great wines can do that!


In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity (you will realize by the saliva produced). The tannins are high, but perfectly round despite the beautiful astringent sensation on the gums. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14%) and it warms up you pleasantly at the first sip. The red fruits remember that ones preserved in alcohol or gently stewed. The red cherry and sour cherry are the most overwhelming flavours. Spicy notes and the virile fragrances will tease the taste buds. The nectar is still delicate, and the prune and a smoky hint will linger for long in your mouth. Still a lot of tertiaries. Fabulous!


This is an excellent Barolo at a reasonable price, even though is not extremely cheap. But sometimes we deserve a present for just ourselves. The nose and the palate complement each other. I love it!

Final vote: 95

Price: £59 at Waitrose

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