Pio Cesare has been producing wines for more than 100 years! Today, the estate is managed by Federica Boffa, great-great-granddaughter of Pio Cesare. Very unfortunate that Pio Boffa, her dad, passed away earlier this year from Covid.
“Oltre” is Italian for “in addition to.” This is a modern, 100 percent estate-grown wine combining the native Nebbiolo and Barbera varietals of the region with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. “Oltre” made its debut with the 2006 vintage and is the only blended wine from this family-owned producer. The grapes come from the family’s 130 acres of vineyards. This wine is fermented in stainless steel tank with a 20 day skin contact maceration, then aged for 30 months, 50% in new mid-toasted French oak barrels from the Allier region and 50% in 20 to 50 hectoliter French casks. This is a wine for those who love Piedmont’s wines with an international touch.
“A structured red with blackberry, herb, and plum character. Hints of walnuts. Full body. Firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink from 2021.” – 92 points, James Suckling (April 2019)