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Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
  • WS 94
  • ST 93
  • RP 92
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Winemaker Notes

"Ornato" is the name of the estate vineyard owned by the Pio family in Serralunga d'Alba. "Ornato" is more modern in style than Pio Cesare's traditional Barolo, but still true to its roots. The characteristics of the soil, the microclimate and favourable exposure, allows the grapes to become extremely rich. Fermentation at a slightly higher temperature, together with skin maceration for 12 days, produces a wine with great soft tannins. The first Barolo "Ornato" was... View More

Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator

Very beautiful aromas of berry, tar and rose follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish of berry and vanilla. Very, very impressive. Polished and structured. Best after 2010. 1,000 cases made.

ST 93
International Wine Cellar

This and the Barbaresco Il Bricco are now aged in about 90% new barriques Good full red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, truffle, dried flowers and smoky tobacco. Huge and voluptuous, but with superb inner-palate energy to the flavors of strawberry, minerals and porcini. This really stains the palate on the back end, finishing with very broad, fine-grained tannins. This outstanding example of 2003 will get tarry and truffley with bottle aging and really calls for a minimum of five or six years of patience.

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RP 92
The Wine Advocate

The 2003 Barolo Ornato, from a vineyard in Serralunga, is a big, brooding wine loaded with scorched earth, smoke, dark fruit and plenty of toasted oak. Made in full-bodied, super-ripe style, the wine possesses outstanding depth with a note of alcoholic warmth on the finish. While not the most subtle Barolo out there, this is a very strong effort from Pio Cesare. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023.

Pio Cesare

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Pio Cesare, Piedmont, Italy
Pio Cesare
Pio Cesare has been producing wine for more than 100 years and through generations. The tradition began in 1881, when Pio Cesare started gathering grapes in his vineyards and purchasing those of some selected and reliable farmers in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco districts.

At Pio Cesare, there has always been a conviction that great wine can come only from the finest grapes and the winery's output has always been limited through adherence to... View More