2009 Pio Cesare Barolo

September 17, 2014

Name:Barolo
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Pio Cesare
Region:Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol:14.5%

Not a huge fan. It’s quite big, extracted and shows plenty of oak. Could very well mellow out into something more elegant in the next 10-15 years, but it lacks that ethereal aura of a good Barolo. Average.

1998 Pio Cesare Barolo

September 17, 2014

Name:Barolo
Vintage:1998
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Pio Cesare
Region:Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol:n/a

Nose is sweet and savory, alcohol peaks out, candlewax. Taste-wise a little short. Slightly rough around the edges. Ok, but forgettable. However, the bottle’s storage condition may have been less than ideal.

1964 Pio Cesare Barolo

September 16, 2014

Name:Barolo
Vintage:1964
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Pio Cesare
Region:Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol:n/a

Very much alive and managing to compose itself progressively over the 2-3 hours in a decanter. Of course, it is closer to a vessel than to its original content, but it carries the elegance and the evidence of quality underscored by the acidity and tannins structure.