Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001 Front Label
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001 Front Label

Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001

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Winemaker Notes

"Ornato" is the name of the estate vineyard owned by the Pio family in Serralunga d'Alba. "Ornato" is a more modern in style than our traditional Barolo, but still true to its roots. The characteristics of the soil, the microclimate and favourable exposure, allows the grapes to become extremely rich. Fermentation at a slightly higher temperature, together with skin maceration for 12 days, produces a wine with great soft tannins. The first Barolo "Ornato" was produced in 1985. Since then, it has only been produced in outstanding years.

Barolo Ornato has a deep crimson red color and its nose exhibis intense fruit scents. On the palate, the tannins are fat and found, yet also mellow and elegant. Concentrated flavors of ripe fruit previal with subtle hints of tobacco, chocolate and pepper, culminating in a rich finish.

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
Aromas of blackberries, licorice and berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of delicious plum fruit and toasted oak. Lovely finish. Very young. Very refined.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Barolo Ornato offers up an exciting melange of tar, licorice, mocha, smoke, plums and iron. The Ornato, which was so muscular when it was young, has developed into a much more graceful and finessed wine that I ever imagined. The French oak has integrated, while the fruit has become silky, fragrant and deeply expressive. Floral notes add brightness on the deep, textured finish. I especially like the way the Ornato just keeps getting better and better in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
TP 93
Tasting Panel
Bright medium red with an amber edge. Very pure, complex but austere aromas of medicinal raspberry and truffle, plus a suggestion of raisin. The powerful fruit seems less primary than that of the 2004 but this is in a more austere, medicinal style, showing less easy sweetness (a lower percentage of new barriques here?) and finishing with considerably more clenched tannins. Notes of nuts, smoke, truffle and tar. This one needs extended aeration, service with food, or ten years in the bottle. In their different ways, these two outstanding wines strike me as very representative examples of these two vintages.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
A creamy-textured, supple Barolo with strong oak overtones, it boasts aromas of coffee and vanilla layered over black cherries. It's nicely balanced in terms of alcohol and acid, with a creamy mouthfeel and dried-spice notes on the finish. Give it a few years in the hope that the oak recedes over time.
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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.

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