Pio Cesare Barolo Mosconi 2016
First produced in 2015 in honor of Pio Boffa's 60th birthday, the Mosconi was aged for 30 months in a combination of French barrique and large botti. The 2016 Barolo Mosconi benefits from decanting upon opening and gives way to savory aromatics of balsamic, dried cherry, cedar, and tobacco. There is up-front fruit and gripping structure, with wild raspberry, game, clove, and dried herbs as well as a warming and long, persistent finish. Drink 2024-2048.
This is the second vintage released of this new wine from Pio Cesare, and what an elegant treat it is. The 2016 Barolo Mosconi, with fruit from Monforte d'Alba, is a toned and slender wine that shows the inner power and muscle of this corner of the appellation. The bouquet is defined by a pretty mineral note that is backed by wild berry fruit, rose petal and a dusting of crushed stone or tilled earth. I feel the tight tannins of this wine, but I also taste the elegance of the fruit that surrounds them.
This is round, polished and powerful, its black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit shaded by mineral, eucalyptus and tobacco accents. All the components are in the right proportions and there is energy on the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2045.
The 2016 Barolo Mosconi shows all of the breadth and amplitude that is typical of wines from this Monforte site. Tar, licorice, rose petal, mint, incense and dried herbs all develop with time in the glass. The 2016 is a powerhouse. I would give it at least a few years in bottle.
Woodland-berry, pine-forest and rose aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and menthol. On the full-bodied palate, firm fine-grained tannins accompany juicy Marasca cherry, cranberry and licorice while fresh acidity keeps well balanced. Drink 2024-2036.