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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2003
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2003
(search item no. 91723)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $105.00

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
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Il Bricco is a single vineyard Barbaresco from selected Nebbiolo that is only produced in top-quality vintages. Il Bricco is the name of the Pio family's vineyard in Treiso, an area of Barbaresco. The word "Bricco" means the peak of a hill. Il Bricco is not a generic peak, but the official name of the estate, marked on government maps as a specific hill dominating the Treiso village. The Il Bricco estate is well-known for the high quality of soil, microclimate and sun exposure.

The fermentation take place in stainless steel tanks, the maceration is slightly shorter than Pio Cesare's traditional Barbaresco, and a large part of the aging process takes place in small new oak barrels rather than large oak casks.

Il Bricco has a deep ruby red color. Intense scents of ripe fruit are confirmed upon the palate, framed by sweet fat tannins and a rich structure. It culminates in a lush 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.