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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2001
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2001
(search item no. 88175)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Nebbiolo grapes for Pio Cesare's Barbaresco come almost exclusively from vineyards in the village of Treiso. To these we add a small quantity of grapes from some of the best vineyards in Barbaresco and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio. The blending of grapes from different vineyards allows us to produce a wine with many hues.

The grapes for Barbaresco are carefully selected. Each and every grape is inspected to ensure perfection. The three-week harvest takes place during the last two weeks in October and the first in November. The grapes are soft pressed and fermented at 25 to 26 degrees, in contact with the skins for 20 to 25 days. We have tended toward a long maturation in French oak, well beyond the terms imposed by the DOCG, so that our Barbaresco can develop a complex personality that complements her beauty.

Pio's Barbaresco has quiet class and grace with an elegant body. It is glossy garnet in color with light ruby shades. The bouquet is intense and fragrant, with a hint of violets, cinnamon and vanilla. The palate is dry, full and vigorous, with overtones of peach. The wine has a quiet yet graceful power.

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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.