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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2003
Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2003
(search item no. 87184)

PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Barbera has an intense ruby colour with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.

Pio's Barbera is a wine quite different from many other Barbera. This is because the Barbera grapes are grown alongside the Nebbiolo grapes. This, combined with the extensive barrel ageing, results in a wine with the strength and wild energy of a Barbera, but the refined elegance of Barolo. Ours is a unique Barbera – full and brave, yet soft and supple.

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About 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 the highest standards. Pio Cesare limits its production by using only the most mature and healthy grapes. The ripening of the grapes is carefully monitored and the harvest is rigidly controlled with each grape selected by hand.

Today, the estate is managed by Pio Boffa, great-grandson of Pio Cesare. Under his stewardship, the wines of Pio Cesare have become famous throughout the world. Great strides have been made in quality, and single vineyard offerings have dazzled the wine press.