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2018 Pio Cesare Barolo

PiedmontRedHighly RecommendInternationalPrivate Cellar

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Pio Cesare is a well known name in Barolo and Barbaresco. With annual production in the range of 400 000 bottles from 75 hectares of vineyards, this makes them a big player in the context of Piemonte. But despite the size, their focus is on high-end wines. The 2018 releases are of special significance due to the passing of Pio Boffa.

Region - Piedmont

Type - Red

Year - 2018

Winery - Barolo & Barbaresco

Grape - Nebbiolo

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Quintessential Pio Cesare Barolo. 30 months oak ageing with 90% in big botti and 10 in small oak. Some sappy hints here, and notes of iodine, blood, raspberries and cherries. Juicy but rounded with a seductive quality as well as a nice freshness. There’s a spicy, green hint to the red cherry fruit. Very fine.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Earthy and Savoury, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Juicy and Fruity, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Red Berries

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Florals, Herbals, Meaty, Nuttiness, Spices, Tannins

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Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


Expert review

Aromas of spicy red cherries on a loamy underlay, together with savory twists of forest floor and walnut shell. Some orange rind, too. Full-bodied with very fine, firm and silky tannins and lots of long, focused fruit and spice flavor. Good structure for 2018. Needs a year or two to fully knit together. Best from 2024.

James Suckling

The Grape


Often referred to as the king of red grapes, Nebbiolo is responsible for some of the greatest wines in the world. The regions of Barbaresco and Barolo, in Piedmont, Italy, create the most revered expressions of the variety and have set the benchmarks for the world over. Nebbiolo is quite light in colour, dry and delicate but packs a punch in aroma and flavour with notes of rose, tar, cherry, red berries, blood orange, licorice, leather, terracotta and earthy herbals. These wines have high acidity and high tannins, making them extremely age worthy that deepen in complexity over decades. Simply stunning wines!

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