In a Nutshell
A stunning, muscular Barolo already drinking well
Bright garnet in colour with intense perfumes of red cherry fruit, spice, dried fruits and savoury notes, which follow through on to the muscular palate. Robust and structured with grippy tannins on the finish - drinking now (give it a while in the decanter!) but it will reward the patient.
The grapes are hand-picked, then gently pressed and fermented at 25° to 26°C. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, with skin contact for 20-25 days. The wine is then aged in mid-toasted French oak for three years: 70% in 20 to 50 hectolitre casks; 30% in barriques.
This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. It is based in Alba in the heart of Piemonte, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean sea. The surrounding hills are ideal for vine growing with unique micro-climates and varying exposures. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a mist, or ‘nebbia’, over the foothills, giving name to Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region.