Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

Italy, Piedmont
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'Aromas of dried orange, berry and hazelnut with hints of dried flowers. Tar, too. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. The tannins are very fine and integrated. Chewy and encompassing flow across the palate. Very structured. Try after 2024.' – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 95/100

'Aromas of underbrush, ripe berry and tobacco mingle with balsamic notes of camphor. Full-bodied, with depth and weightless elegance, the taut palate features dried cherry, blood orange, licorice and graphite alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2025–2037.' – Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100

'The 2017 Barbaresco Pio is dark, fleshy and intensely spiced, all of which make it quite appealing. I would give the tannins time to soften, but there is enough fleshiness to allow the 2017 to drink well for a number of years. Bright red-toned fruit, cinnamon, blood orange, rose petal and mint are all laced into the super-classic Nebbiolo finish. Drink 2023-2034.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 93/100

'The Pio Cesare 2017 Barbaresco is subtle and fine in personality, yet there is plenty of Nebbiolo elegance and complexity. Past vintages of this wine have shown enormous consistency when it come to their inner finesse, and this hot, more challenging vintage is no different. That's quite an accomplishment on its own. Tart cherry and cassis segue to spice, campfire ash, tobacco and dried lavender flower. Perhaps the tannic power of the wine is more robust but not by too much. Drink 2023-2037.' – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 92/100

'2017 was a hot, dry summer with minimal rainfall until August. Green harvests were essential to produce balanced wines. Maceration temperature and length of time were also reduced in response to the conditions. A blend of four vineyards, including Il Bricco and other nearby sites in Treiso, this displays aromas of tobacco, leather, damp earth and delicate hedgerow berries. It has a good concentration of red berries in the mouth, with balancing acidity. Fine but structured tannins emerge on a sweet strawberry mid-palate along with some peppery spice, leading to a long, minty finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2031.' – James Button, Decanter, 91/100

'Spicy, with a hint of toasty oak, this red also evokes floral, berry, iron and menthol flavors. Solid tannins lend grip on the finish, yet are never overbearing. Shows fine balance and length. Best from 2024 through 2040.' – Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 91/100
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Blend information 100% Nebbiolo
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Nebbiolo
Rating JS 95
Producer information The historic family-owned Pio Cesare estate has been producing wine for 135 years, through 5 generations, in their ancient cellars in Alba. The cellars are built on the city’s 2,000-year-old ancient Roman walls. The family owns 70 hectares of vineyards, featuring high-quality hillside exposures, with parcels dotted around multiple communes of Barolo and Barbaresco. A visionary for quality, the late Pio Boffa transformed the company during his four decades as the head of the family business. Known to travel 200 days of the year, Pio was a global standard-bearer for Piedmont's wines. ‘I will carry on his legacy now with even more strength and energy and commitment,’ his daughter Federica Boffa promises.
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