Pio Cesare Barolo 2004

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Pio Cesare Barolo 2004

Pio Cesare Barolo 2004 is the 6th place wine and top placing Italian effort for Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 wines of the year awards. Pio Cesare Barolo 2004, remarkably, despite having drank it on 3 occasions this year has not made its way onto the blog. Only the 2004 Barbaresco has been mentioned so far but I have a back note to share with you. I must admit to being confused on what criteria these awards are given. Of all the Barolo releases from 2004 for Pio Cesare to be taking the top wine is a mystery. Looking down the full top 10 list, you can see these wines do seem to fall into a QPR and their availability to US consumers relationship that must be influencing the decisions on which wines win out.

Disappointingly only 1 Italian wine made the top 10 but the plethora of wines in the top 100 backs up my recent findings here in London that wine in the £15-£25 price range from Italy is some of the worlds best value.

Top 10 Wines of 2008:

1. Casa Lapostolle – Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley 2005
2. Chateau Rauzan-Segla – Margeaux 2005
3. Quinta do Crasto – Douro Reserva Old Vines 2005
4. Chateau Guiraud – Sauternes 2005
5. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe – Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2005
6. Pio Cesare – Barolo 2004
7. Château Pontet – Canet Pauillac 2005
8. Château de Beaucastel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005
9. Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale – Carnival of Love 2007
10. Seghesio – Zinfandel Sonoma County 2007

Top placing Italian wines:

6. Pio Cesare – Barolo 2004
14. Aldo & Riccardo Seghesio – Barolo Vigneto La Villa 2004
15. Sette Ponti – Toscana Oreno 2006
22. Avignonesi – Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoGrandi Annate Riserva 2004
31. La Massa – Toscana 2006
45. Jermann – Venezia-Giulia Vintage Tunina 2006
50. Firriato – Nero d’Avola-Syrah Sicilia Santagostino Baglio Soria 2006
51. Fattoria di Felsina – Chianti Classico Berardenga 2006
59. Terredora – Falanghina Irpinia 2007
70. Attems – Pinot Grigio Collio 2007
75. Suavia – Soave Classico 2007
76. Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi – Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva 2005
81. Querciabella – Chianti Classico 2006
84. Stefano Farina – Barolo 2004
96. Cabreo – Toscana Il Borgo 2006

However, I am pleased to see Pio Cesare in the top 10 I recommend going for this producers Barolo and Barberesco wines and as they are so well exposed over here and the USA they will likely be the only Barolo and Barbaresco wines you’ll come across in the fine wine sections of your local supermarket. Or maybe that’s just me.

So onto what I really want to talk about today and that is Decanter magazines “Fine Wine encounter” that I’ll be attending this Sunday (so if you see me say hello!). Every year Decanter hire out a venue, this year the Landmark Hotel in central London and some of the worlds finest producers come along and show case their wines. This year there are around 100 producers from around the world and whilst I will give it my best shot to get around as many as possible and naturally all of the Italian producers I would like you guys to give me some inspiration about which of these producers I should make a bee line for and which wines I should be tasting.

Recognise any of these:
Finca Sophenia

Grant Burge
Peter Lehmann
Voyager Estate
Yering Station

Casa Lapostolle

Baronne Philippine de Rothschild GFA
Château Beychevelle
Château Brown
Château Corbin
Château Coutet
Château de Campuget
Château d’Issan
Château Faugères
Château Larmande/ Soutard
Château La Nerthe
Château L’Arrosée
Château Lagrange
Château Marquis d’Alesme
Château Miraval
Piper Heidsieck
Château Phélan-Ségur
Château Prieuré-Lichine
Château Rauzan Segla / Canon
Château Saint-Jacques d’Albas
Château Vray Croix de Gay
Domaine de la Bégude
Domaine D’En Ségur
Domaines Faiveley
Domaine Ott
Domaine Paul Mas
Domaines Schlumberger
Les Vins Skalli
Louis Jadot
Louis Latour
Maison Chapoutier
Vignobles Brumont

Weingut Martin Wassmer
Weingut Ziereisen

Baglio di Pianetto
Barone Ricasoli
Cantina Terlano
Castello Banfi
Castello della Paneretta
Fattoria Nittardi
Feudi di San Gregorio
Il Molino di Grace
Tenuta di Valgiano
Tenute Silvio Nardi

Château Ksara

New Zealand
Craggy Range Vineyards
Mud House
Villa Maria

Fonseca Port
J Portugal Ramos
Quinta do Noval

South Africa
Kaapzicht Estate
Ken Forrester Wines
La Motte
Rupert &Rothschild

Abadia Retuerta
Bodegas Alto Moncayo
Bodegas Baigorri
Bodegas Frontaura
Bodegas Muga
Bodegas Ordoñez
González Byass
Marqués de Caceres
O. Fournier
Pago de Cirsus
Pago de los Capellanes

Diamond Creek Vineyards
Heitz Wine Cellars
J Jacaman Wines
Peter Michael Winery
Sonoma Cutrer
Stags Leap Wine Cellars

Yeah, I thought you might! If you have any favourites there then I will be your ambassador and take down some notes for you. I am nothing, if not a public servant.

So camera and note book at the ready for Sunday. Full report to follow on Monday (or Tuesday depending on the thickness of my head). Ciao for now.

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Um. Tell me which wines to taste!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Debs says:

    If you have the change to try Château Lagrange then you always should.

  2. Moonkin says:

    Stags Leap Petite Syrah is a favorite in our house. Faiveley Chambertin isnt a bad tipple neither.

  3. pigpen says:

    …from the NZ selection, Craggy Range are probably the one worth a stop for an impressive single vineyard range from multiple regions

  4. AJ says:

    If you insist. 1st stop Bollinger. Don't miss Peter Michael, Faiveley, Petrolo & Planeta. If your'e up for it Bodegas Alto Moncayo makes drinkable candybars. A Yulumba sticky would be a good way to close out the event. Enjoy. Love your blog.

  5. The Prosecco Lady says:

    Lebanese! That’ll be interesting…

  6. Anonymous says:

    just sore this for the first time. it is a shame that australias’s ‘best’ wines such as giaconda, bindi (not the jungle girl!!) and clonakilla never get a mention; the wines listed from oz such as lehman et al are such a predictable lot which are one dimensional and quite frankly boring

  7. Evan says:

    Wine is my favorite drink. Well, drinking wine has a different taste sensation. I have tried some wines such as Dieu du Ciel Corne du Diable and I am interested to try several brands of wine on the list of the “Top 10 Wines of 2008”.

  8. Peter says:

    Well, I got the list now, but I still don’t know each budget of these wine. I usually drink wines for special occasion. But I make sure I buy and drink only the best one…

  9. Charles says:

    I really like the variety of wines. I am curious to try the sensation of Pio Cesare Barolo 2004. Wine can relieve tiredness in me because of my job. Thanks for sharing the info in this post.

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