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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2005
Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2005
(search item no. 97796)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The name "Fides" means trust in Latin, and the Pio Cesare family has always had great trust in Barbera, grown in the Barolo region. An intense ruby red color with garnet reflections is present in the wine. The bouquet is distinguished with fresh ripe fruit. The palate is concentrated and focused with flavors of cherry, chocolate and ripe fruit. The wines lush, velvety flavros conclude with a persistently bold and austere finish. Aged 20 months in small French oak barrels.

"The 2005 Barbera d'Alba Fides is a soft-textured, caressing Barbera with beautiful aromatics that meld into a palate of ripe red cherries, spices and flowers. This medium- bodied, supple Barbera offers notable harmony. It should continue to drink well for several years. The Fides sees mostly French oak although a small amount of the wine is aged in 30-hectoliter casks."
90 Points
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
October 2008

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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.