Estate: Founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio, Pio Cesare has been producing wine consecutively through 6 generations and over 135 years. Located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, the renowned estate consists of 70 hectares [173 acres] of vineyards.
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 dating all the way back to 50 BC. The cellar 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.”
Last year, we lost the gregarious, passionate, ‘Lion of Piemonte’, Pio Boffa. I was fortunate to have tasted with him and visited the estate’s historic, incomparable cellars in Alba multiple times. His daughter Rosy, along with his nephew Cesare worked alongside him and now are heading the legendary Piemonte estate.
Winemaking: Organic viticulture, hand harvested, from hillside vineyards with varying exposures, native yeast spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel, aged 24 months in large oak casks, with a small amount in barrique. The first blend from the estate, the name ‘Oltre’ signifies “beyond the tradition”.
Tasting Notes: Black cherry, dried rose petal, black pepper, forest floor, roasted herbs, fresh acidity layered across muscular tannins. Strawberry, black pepper, tarry earth, wisp of cedar linger between each vivid sip. Intrepid, robust, with an agile swing.
“Nebbiolo and Barbera with a small part of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot”
$30 [Average U.S. price, purchased in Italy.]