Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2005

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

$109.00 $76.99
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Item No. 106939
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS95
  • RP92
  • ST92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

The Barolo "Ornato" is a big Barolo, deep, round and austere, with a remarkably long life, yet approachable in its youth. Barolo Ornato has a deep crimson red color and its nose exudes intense fruit scents. On the palate, the tannins are fat and found, yet also mellow and elegant.

Critical Acclaim

"Very pretty aromas of sweet strawberry pie, with hints of plum and flowers. Full-bodied, with polished yet chewy tannins and bright acidity. A big, juicy wine. A Barolo for the cellar. Best after 2013. 700 cases made. "
95 Points

"The 2005 Barolo Ornato shows outstanding depth and complexity in its note of licorice, iron, plums, prunes, French oak and minerals. Although the Ornato possesses more richness and roundness than the Barolo, it, too, is lighter in body than has been the case in the past vintages, which renders the wine quite classic in feel. With a touch more depth the 2005 Ornato might very well merit a higher score. Still, it is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. "
92 Points

"Good medium-deep red. Sweet but subdued aromas of redcurrant, mocha, chestnut and nutty oak. Big, rich, broad and sweet; in fact almost creamy for the year. Conveys an impression of velvety volume without excess weight. Here the big tannins come later and coat the entire mouth. Seems less sweet than the 2005 Il Bricco. A big boy, but does it have the lift of the Barbaresco? Today this seems slightly dulled by its oak element, but there's no denying its strength of material.
Rating: 92+"
92 Points

Learn About Pio Cesare Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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