Description: Pio's Barbera is a wine quite different from many other Barbera. This is because the Barbera grapes are grown alongside the Nebbiolo grapes.
This, combined with the extensive barrel ageing, results in a wine with the strength and wild energy of a Barbera, but the refined elegance of Barolo. Pio Cesare Barbera is a unique Barbera full and brave, yet soft and supple.
Pio Cesare Barbera has an intense ruby colour with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.
The grapes come from selected vineyards in the villages of Monforte and Castiglione Falletto and from grapes in Pio's vineyards in the villages of Serralunga and Treiso.
The fruit undergoes a careful selection to eliminate all imperfect grapes. The vintage takes place around mid-October, just a little before that of Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo and Barbaresco.
Fermentation takes place for 10 to 12 days at a temperature of 24-25 degrees.
Ageing occurs for two years in French oak casks of various sizes (25 to 55 hl) and in a small French oak barrels.
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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.