Last week James Suckling released his report for the Barolo 2012s and the big winner is Pio Cesare’s single vineyard Ornato, which has been awarded 98 points, thereby offering incredible value for £275 per case in bond. The only wine to outscore it was Robert Voerzio’s Sarmassa, awarded 99 points; this will release at around £700 per case of six bottles. Ceretto Bricco Rocche was the only other wine to score 98 points and this will release at around £550.

Our pre-release today offers buyers a chance to secure this wine before it inevitably sells out across Europe. Pio Cesare continues to offer fantastic value for money on release, displaying a strong vintage premium. The 94 point scoring 2004 trades at £480 per cases of six and the 2007, which scored 95 points, £380. In addition to the knockout Ornato, we can also offer the classic Barolo for £175 per case of six, a wine that has been awarded 95 points. Once again, the value proposition here is staggeringly good and not to be missed.

The 2012 vintage for Barolo saw a hot summer, which astonishingly resulted in Nebbiolo grapes with lower alcohol and higher acidity. This lead to an unusual balance and freshness, with soft supple tannin: good news for collectors who like finessed, harmonious, classical style Barolos.

Pio Cesare is named eponymously after the man who founded the Estate in 1881 and he has been producing classic Piedmontese wines for five generations, over which time they have secured some wonderful single vineyards and relationships with growers. The main source of grapes used in their Barolo comes from the magnificent 40 acre vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba called Ornato. This is found in the eastern most area of Barolo and is the exclusive source of their vineyard designated Barolo ‘Ornato’. The soil here is chalky and iron rich, while the vines average age is 35 years and taken together explains the wines’ relatively deep colour and long ageing potential.

The Cesare cellar is based in Alba and its walls date back to 50 BC and the time of the Roman Empire. Today the Estate is run by Pio’s Great-Grandson Pio Boffa who has recently made significant investment, rebuilding and restructuring the cellars and wine facilities. A new fermentation cellar has been built with a gravity racking area and a new barrel ageing room has been built 12 meters under the ancient Roman walls. Pio Cesare reflects a wonderful balance of traditional and modern winemaking.

In their youth Pio Cesare’s Barolos display concentrated and focused fruit: blackcurrants, redcurrant, almonds, prunes, pepper, tar and ginger with lovely high notes of violets, rose and liquorice. With age it will develop leather, forest floor, porcini mushroom, coffee and truffle.

Pio Cesare Ornato 2012 – James Suckling 98 Pts
‘This is amazingly structured with tight and polished tannins that give this wine superb linear length and balance. Full body, bright and focused fruit. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful now but better in 2020.’

Pio Cesare Barolo 2012 – James Suckling 95 Pts
‘This is a young Barolo that builds on the palate with super silky tannins and fantastic pure and delicious fruit. Hints of hazelnut, plum and dark berry character. Full and polished tannins. Better in 2019 but so delicious now.’

Pio Cesare Ornato 2012, 6×75, £275 – 98 Points]

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