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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001
(search item no. 88174)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Ornato" is the name of the estate vineyard owned by the Pio family in Serralunga d'Alba. "Ornato" is a more modern in style than our 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 produced in 1985. Since then, it has only been produced in outstanding years.

Barolo Ornato has a deep crimson red color and its nose exhibis intense fruit scents. On the palate, the tannins are fat and found, yet also mellow and elegant. Concentrated flavors of ripe fruit previal with subtle hints of tobacco, chocolate and pepper, culminating in a rich finish.

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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.