Here is a first taste of a new wine from Pio Cesare following the estate’s acquisition of vines in the Mosconi cru of Monforte d’Alba a few years back. The 2015 Barolo Mosconi opens to a less complicated bouquet with steady and clean aromas of wild berry, balsam or grilled herb and crushed stone. My sample did take a little extra time to open, but once it did, the wine presented all the detailed and nuanced characteristics of the grape with pinpoint precision. It’s great to welcome a new wine to the greater Barolo family. Only 5,000 bottles were made.
Incredibly perfumed with unique aromas of white truffles. peaches. dark berries and dried flowers. Fresh and bright. Full body. very silky tannins and a long and gorgeous finish. So progressive and seamless. Magnificent. First vintage of this single vineyard wine. Only 5.000.
Starting drinking in 2023.
Pio Cesare’s newest wine, this is produced from the recently purchased Mosconi vineyard in Monforte d’Alba. The sale went through just a few days before Pio Boffa’s 60th birthday, and 30 years after the first release of the estate’s original single-vineyard Barolo. Ornato.
Originally purchased to enrich the ‘classic’ Barolo, the wine Mosconi’s old vines – dating back to 1947 and 1971 – produced was deemed exceptional enough that Pio Cesare decided to make it into a standalone wine. Unlike most of Pio Cesare’s other reds, this spends the majority of time in barrique rather than botti, which seems to suit its powerful personality.
It has a red hedgerow fruit aroma with a touch of orange peel and a savoury edge. The palate has good density with very fine tannins, combined with very fresh acidity and rich. plummy fruits with some cedary notes. It’s lighter than the denser Ornato showing more red fruit, but, like its sibling is surprisingly light on its feet for such a substantial wine. It finishes with a lovely lick of sweet, elegant cherry fruit and a touch of woody vanilla. A very good first attempt. I expect we will see the estate refining the recipe for this wine over the next few vintages.
Drinking Window 2020 – 2040