2008 Pio Cesare 'Ornato', Barolo DOCG, Italy
$129.99 USD $144.99 USD
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The 2008 Barolo Ornato is pretty, precise and delineated. This is a more reserved style than has been typical of Ornato in previous years. The French oak seems less obvious than in the past, while the flavor profile is more classic. Layers of dark red berries, flowers, menthol, spicebox and rose petals wrap around the powerful close. Overall, 2008 is shaping up to be a very classic vintage for the Ornato.
93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Intense flavors of cherry, briar and menthol, with hints of leather and licorice, are backed by firm tannins in this red. Starts out with generosity, finishing on the austere side. Needs some time to unwind. Best from 2016 through 2030.
92 Points Wine Spectator