The Pio Cesare 2013 Barolo offers all of the plentiful qualities that make this such a memorable vintage. Because the growing season was slightly cooler compared to the two years preceding it, 2013 offers a great sense of freshness and brightness. Fruit was sourced from seven different vineyard sites (with much of it coming from Serralunga d'Alba). Starting in 2015, Monforte d'Alba fruit will be added. The tannins are tightly integrated within the firm fabric of the wine. Yet, the finish is round and supple. This Barolo offers characteristic aromas of wild berry, black truffle and cola. It is executed in a very traditional style with botte grande and a tiny part barrique to give the wine a tad more oxygen during its integration and aging process.
95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 231 - Jun 2017)
This stunning wine opens with classic Nebbiolo aromas of underbrush, new leather, blue flower and dark berry along with a whiff of menthol. The radiant savory palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, clove and star anise framed in noble tannins and bright acidity. It's tempting now but will continue to unwind and develop complexity for years to come. Drink 2023–2043.
95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2017)
The aromas to this are really impressive with crushed berries, dried flowers, walnuts and roses. Metamorphoses all the time. Full to medium body, characterized by a fantastic mouthfeel of ripe and round tannins that are always polished and beautiful. Magnificent harmony and purity. Drink or hold.
95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)
A taut, sinewy version, revealing eucalyptus, wild herb, leather, tobacco and iron notes wrapped around a core of dusty cherry fruit. Fresh and chalky as the expansive aftertaste plays out. Best from 2021 through 2040. 2,500 cases imported.
93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)