Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2016
From an accurate but small selection of Nebbioli from the vineyards of Cascina Ornato owned by our Family in Serralunga d'Alba, one of the most historically prestigious areas of the entire Barolo territory, appreciated for the great structure of tannins, freshness and longevity of its Barolos.
If you're looking for a Barolo for the cellar (or wine fridge), even for just a couple of years, Pio Cesare's single-vineyard Ornato should be an easy choice. This is especially true for the 2016 vintage, which, in the hands of a great producer like Pio Cesare, has led to wonderfully quintessential & particularly age-worthy Barolos. If fact, the gold standard Italian wine guide by Gambero Rosso named Pio Cesare's 2016 Ornato their 2021 #1 Red Wine of the Year!
The estate is one of the original Barolo producers, going back to 1881, and that combined experience has served them well in developing one of the most refined, accessible house styles out there. They have always been firm believers in the classic Barolo model of blending vineyards to make their desired style in larger quantity while maintaining high quality. Nevertheless, since 1985 they have made a more limited production wine based on their Ornato vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba, which leads to wines of greater concentration, structure, and aging ability. While a small amount is aged for a year in French barrique (small barrels), the wine is aged mostly in large, traditional oak vats for 30 months. This deft aging regimen contributes to the depth, complexity, and refined texture that their Ornato is known for without smothering Nebbiolo's beguiling fruit and floral perfume.
The blue fruit and freshness are impressive here. At the same time, there's richness and focus with ripe fruit. Yet, it remains cool and bright. Superb center palate with great fruit and depth, but compact and focused
With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, the Pio Cesare 2016 Barolo Ornato offers a stunning presentation in this classic vintage. The bouquet shows small berry fruits and cassis, all framed by crushed stone, forest floor, blue flower and candied orange skin. There is a dusty mineral note to this wine as well, with terrific intensity on both the nose and the palate. The Ornato kicks in with finely integrated tannins and acidity that holds all those fruit flavors high and tall. What we have here is a standout Barolo that is staunchly vertical, linear and upfront. Some 10,000 bottles were produced.