Estate: Founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio, Pio Cesare has been producing wine consecutively through 6 generations and for over 135 years. Located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, the renowned estate consists of 70 hectares [173 acres] of vineyards. The estate is headed by Pio Boffa, Cesare Pio’s great-grandson, his daughter, Federica Rosy, along with his nephew and cousin. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity of meeting Pio a couple of years ago. Gregarious and expressive as his wines, with the belief that upon meeting you, you are considered family and always welcome at his home and winery. I have taken him up on that and have visited the legendary Cesare cellars in Alba twice.
Located in the historical center of the town of Alba, the cellar was built in the late 1700’s, and is delimited and surrounded by ancient Roman walls that date all the way back to 50 BC. The cellar actually occupies 4 different levels, one of which is lower than the Tanaro River. This unique phenomenon is intrinsic to the character of the wines the family has crafted over the many years: “The naturally constant temperatures and appropriate humidity of our cellars have been crucial for the style and quality of our wines over the years.”
Winemaking: Grapes are from organically farmed estate vineyards in the village of Treiso. After soft pressing, the majority is vinified in stainless steel, a small portion in used French oak barrels, aged in stainless steel tanks “with excessive lees contact until bottling in March”. Named ‘Rosy’ after Pio’s mother, who is near to celebrating her 100th birthday.
Tasting Notes: Pale copper-pink in colour, very aromatic, with delicate aromas of rose petal, candied cherry, citrus blossom, clover honey, a trace of earth and hint of graham cracker. Airy layers of cherry, red currant, wild strawberry, white pepper, rose petal and clean minerality are glossed by citrus acidity. Juicy orange, candied ginger and a wisp of baking spice gleam on the lengthy finish. Shimmering, complex, engaging.
Nebbiolo, with a small amount of Syrah
Estate Bottled by Pio Cesare
€13 [Purchased in Italy]