(From 2004 Vintage) The color is an intense glossy garnet, with orange reflections. The bouquet is ethereal, with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. The palate is dry and austere with lengthy tannins. The wine ends with a long concentrated finish accompanied by a lingering hint of almonds.
(From 2005 Vintage) This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. It is based in Alba in the heart of the Piemonte region, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding hills provide a handful of ideal exposures for grape growing with unique micro-climates. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a misty glow, or ‘nebbia’, over these foothills, hence Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region. The grapes are sourced mostly from family-owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba read more...(Ornato), Grinzane Cavour (Gustava), La Morra (Roncaglie), Barolo-Novello (Ravera). The balance comes from other exclusive vineyards owned by growers who have been providing grapes to the Pio Family for generations. The wine is aged in mid toasted French oak for 3 years: 70% in 20 to 50 hectoliters casks and 30% in barriques. (hide)