I recently had the honor to better immerse my senses on Pio Cesare millesimes and wines thanks to a complete tasting in the company of Pio Boffa, great grand-son of the founder. This still family owned family is one of the biggest references of quality, elegance and tradition from Alba, in the Piedmont region, and each of their wines represent exactly the finesse, the know how and the terroir.
It's not common to taste whites wines from Langhe DOC, so I'd like to highlight the 2 labels this winery produce, with different styles, from the international and well-know variety Chardonnay. Piodilei is a 100% white varietal with the same body, complexity and ageing potential of the great reds historically produced in the area. A very interesting Chardo!
But my special mention goes to "the other" white, which casually it has been named in Italian "L'altro"! The small percentage of Sauvignon Blanc blended with the majority of Chardonnay gives a freshness, minerality and originality that really impressed me.
In terms of reds, I also enjoyed a lot the Fides Vigna Mosconi, a Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore which represents the authenticity and the richness of this traditional variety, grown in the region for decades. In the mouth is concentrated, fruity and juicy with delicious hints of spices and cherry.
The Barolo wines as well as the Barbaresco ones are also outstanding, of course. If you look for a great Barolo ready to enjoy now or to keep in the cellar for a while, the Barolo DOCG 2015 is purely delicious. The intensity, the finesse and the elegance are in equal proportions giving a wine with round tannins, velvet body and a gentle fruity aftertaste.
Pio Boffa also made us discover in exclusivity the new label "Mosconi". This wine is also a Barolo DOCG but made with a small selection of the oldest Nebbiolo vines of the family in Mosconi, Monforte d'Alba, one of the most prestigious areas of the entire Barolo region. The 2015 is then the first vintage available in the market and it will be produced from now on only in small quantities. An exclusive and unique wine that would be a great choice for my personal cellar!
Marina La Forgia