2005 Pio Cesare Barolo 1.5 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"Very ripe fruit aromas, with sultanas and prunes. Dried flowers too. Full-bodied, with seamless, yet chewy tannins and a long finish. Lasts a long time. Always great. Best after 2012." (WS)

"The estate’s 2005 Barolo is pretty and sensual in its dark fruit, menthol, spices and licorice. This mid-weight Barolo reveals gorgeous balance and a long finish and a relatively accessible personality for this bottling. That said, the wine needs a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

Proprietor Pio Boffa clearly has a huge passion for wine. Then again, he owns some of the finest vineyards in the region. My recent tasting with Boffa included a number of older Barolos, all of which had developed very nicely." (WA)

"Good medium red with amber highlights. Sexy perfume of redcurrant, tobacco, marzipan, chestnut, minerals and loam. Fresh and tight in the mouth; considerably less sweet and accessible than the 2005 Barbaresco. Finishes vibrant, firmly tannic and a bit youthfully tough." (IWC)


The first thing that may strike you about this wine is its old-fashion but classic Italian label: which goes with the wine making philosophy of the winery owner the highly respected Pio Boffa. Pio Boffa uses the classic long maceration and large cask aging of traditional classic Barolo while not shutting out modern techniques when applicable and not causing a style compromise. The grapes he used come from his own vineyards planted in some of the best parts of Barolo.

Before trying the wine, I was a bit skeptical because of its $46 price tag. Then I tried the wine and recognized its well worth this discount price of $46.95. Maybe, withy one catch and that is this is a wine really needing time as its formidable tannic structure is quite evident and though this tannin certainly adds to the wine impressiveness, it illustrates its youthfulness. Unless curiosity gets the better of you I would wait at least a couple of years to first try the wine, which will continue to improve until the late part of this 2010 decade and keep well until 2025 and then some.

The wine is classic Nebbiolo and produced in a style to extract a deep color (sometimes this variety can look like pale Pinot Noir which is certainly not the case with this 2005). The varietal character is also quite evident in the taste and bouquet with loads of dark fruit like currants and plums, accompanied by truffles and wild mushrooms plus strong hints of licorice and dark chocolate.

This is certainly one of the very finest Pio Cesare wines I have ever tasted and my experience with their wines goes back a long way. Its wines like this that make me see why Barolo, is called “the wines of Kings.” And even If you are not having a King over as a dinner guest, you can serve this ’05 wine proudly with the best of meat based Italian foods and I feel it would stand up well next to many a Barolo/Barbaresco from such producers as Gaja, Giacosa and G. Conterno."


PRICE: $46.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)