Barolo Chinato 2014
“Barolo Chinato: Christmas after-dinner drinks sorted?” – Decanter Magazine
91 points, “It feels rich as Christmas cake, with heady aromas of mountain herbs and flavours of cinnamon, molasses and cardamom brightened by a spray of orange zest. Enjoy its warm flavours on a cold winter night alongside a dark chocolate dessert.” – Wine & Spirits
91 points, “This is the perfect after-dinner drink with the alcohol and the medicinal flavours to wash the palate clean after a long meal… It tastes greats and makes for a refreshing conclusion to any evening.” – Wine Advocate
Loved by the critics, Pio Cesare’s Barolo Chinato is the perfect gift for the wine lover who has everything.
Throughout their history Pio Cesare has made limited quantities of Barolo Chinato and Vermouth to old family recipes handed down by their great grandfather. In the 1950s they stopped briefly as customers seemed to be more interested in liqueurs. But recently tastes have changed, as demonstrated by the meteoric resurgence of the Negroni, and so Pio Cesare has resurrected these historic and monumental recipes.
Chinchona is macerated in Pio Cesare’s classic Barolo for 21 days, before adding a mixture of aromatic botanicals, such as gentian root, rhubarb, cardamom, orange, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and a whole raft of secret ingredients. After several weeks, more Barolo is added and the whole thing is aged for four months in oak barrels and a further two in the bottle. It tastes a lot like Christmas, with huge spicy complexity, and should be sipped after dinner, as many locals claim it helps to boost the digestive process.
Pio Cesare was established in 1881 and is now run by the fifth generation of the family, Pio Boffa, with help from his daughter Federica. As one of the first producers to truly start shouting about the immense potential of the Piedmont region’s wines and one of the first to export to the UK, they have always been industry leaders. And as Wine Advocate quite rightly notes: “You have to love the energy and dynamic thinking that comes out of this historic cellar located in the city centre of Alba.”£10 per 100.00ml
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