The Nebbiolo grapes used to produce this Barolo come from Pio Cesare's family vineyards
around the village of Serralunga d'Alba. Their own grapes account for about 70% of
their production, and they also source grapes from the most favorable areas in
Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, using the same sources they have been using for the
last hundred years. These are growers with whom Pio Cesare has been dealing for
generations. Their Barolo has always been produced through careful blending of grapes from
different vineyards. The grapes from
Serralunga give a full body, the ones from Castiglione Falletto offer an ethereal and
tempting nose, and those from Monforte provide class and a refined nature.
The color is an intense glossy garnet, with orange reflections. The bouquet is
ethereal, with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. The palate is dry
and austere, with a lingering hint of almonds.
"Has fabulous blackberry and mineral, with hints of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Very concentrated, yet racy and structured. Resembles the 2000. Gorgeous. Best after 2009. 6,000 cases made."
"The 2003 Barolo is a terrific effort and once again demonstrates the advantage of blending fruit from various sources, especially in challenging vintages. Initially reticent, the wine gradually opens to reveal gorgeous notes of smoke, tar, roses and scorched earth on a linear, classically-built frame. This pure, sweet Barolo offers outstanding balance, well-integrated tannins and an engaging personality. Given the price differential with the Ornato, the savvy consumer will want to pay close attention to the estate’s Barolo normale in 2003. It is a superb effort, yet is likely to fly under the radar screen. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023."
The Wine Advocate