92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Pio Cesare 2015 Barbaresco offers a mid-weight approach and a solid core of fruit. That dark fruit center is surrounded by supple but delicate tones of exotic spice, smoke, tar, licorice and crushed stone. This is a fragrant and elegant expression that drinks beautifully straight out of the gate. This is a classic Barbaresco with an easy and approachable personality.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
Underbrush, camphor and tobacco aromas mingle with whiffs of vanilla and star anise. Smooth and structured, the full-bodied palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, prune, coconut and a hint of roasted coffee bean framed in fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2023.
Vanilla, fennel and sweet spices on the nose. A soft and supple palate with well-integrated tannin and great length.
A very classical style Barbaresco: elegance and velvety, with ripe and spicy fruit. Strong tannins, but elegant. Good structure and concentration. Very long life. Barbaresco is a great wine—it should not be described as a “basic” or “regular” Barbaresco, simply because it does not have any additional indication on the label.