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2004 Pio Cesare - Barolo

ITALY / PIEDMONT /
  • 93 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Nebbiolo

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SKU: 43572-2004-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Extremely attractive aromas of blackberry, fresh mushroom and mahogany. Full-bodied, with lovely fruit, soft tannins and a long finish. Chewy, yet balanced and pretty. Builds on the palate. A big and juicy red.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Medium-deep red. Complex aromas of raspberry, musky tobacco and minerals; distinctly higher-pitched and more backward than the 2003 normale Then wonderfully rich and delineated, with underlying minerality accentuating the impression of primary fruit. Finishes quite long, with broad, full, thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific structure and grip. Offers impressive potential.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Pale red. Quite gamey. Fumy and rich. Not as nuanced as some cru wines.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 88

    Pio Cesare's 2004 Barolo comes across as bombastic and rough around the edges. There is good immediacy to the dark fruit, but the edges are starting to fray as the fruit fades. Hints of leather, smoke and violets add a measure of complexity. It's time to drink the 2004, as the balance will only deteriorate from here.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The estate's 2004 Barolo is very elegant in this vintage. Although the wine is firm and quite primary, the tannins are sweet, silky and refined. Today the wine reveals just a glimpse of its potential but it should develop into a gem with time. While most of the attention at Pio Cesare goes to the Barolo Ornato, this is the hidden beauty in this lineup. This Barolo is a multi-commune blend. Most of the fruit (60%) comes from the less well-exposed portions of the family's Ornato vineyard, while the rest of the fruit is sourced from plots in La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga, Novello and Grinzane Cavour. The wine was aged in French oak casks (70%) and smaller French oak barrels (30%). This wine offers an incredible level of quality considering the production is 80,000 bottles.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    This is perfumed with loads of ripe plum and berries, direct and precise. A full wine with pure fruit, and a racy character. Just starting to open up. Have fun with this one tonight.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: MVerble
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Crazy Horse
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: NathanL
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Boat
  • Self | Rating: 92

    I like to drink wines young, but I may have made a mistake here. This wine has a cedar aroma, with very deep body & structure. But the tannins are still a bit grippy. Another year or two in the bottle will make this a gem.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Very nice on the nose with aromas of dark cherry and lots of earth (think leaves on the ground in the fall). The palate is still very tight but tasty. Decanted for 2 hours before consuming.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Kickboxer
Piedmont, which literally means “foot of the mountain,” produces some of Italy's finest red wines. Its clay, limestone, and sand soils are home to the legendary Barolo and Barbaresco wines, made from the extremely age-worthy Nebbiolo variety. Dolcetto and Barbera are considered to be more “workhorse” varieties, and produce the largest quantity of wine. The region is tucked in the cool northwest corner of the country, surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Fog often blankets the region, ensuring long, cool growing seasons. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1445 bottles owned
  • 298 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 298 collectors)