Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 1997
Wine SpectatorYouthful and racy. Dark ruby red. This shows loads of plum, berry and floral fruit character. Full, silky and very long. Just starting to open, but give it a little more time.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2010.
Wine AdvocateThe spectacular 1997 Barolo Ornato (1,000 cases, produced only in the finest vintages), from a Serralunga vineyard planted next to Bruno Giacosa's famous parcel of Falletto di Serralunga, offers a terrific fragrance of raspberries, cherries, smoke, leather, and toasty oak. There are huge quantities of glycerin, a stupendous finish, and gorgeous purity as well as overall symmetry. This 1997 will require 2-4 years of cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades.
Wine EnthusiastA finely dense wine, with aromas of prunes, coffee and dried herbs. On the palate, the texture is almost velvety, with raisins and red plums. Certainly it leaves a dry aftertaste, but that is from the concentrated tannins. This is still a young wine, from a great vintage, but it promises well for long-term aging.