- Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010 Product #28991 (In Stock)
This always one of our favorite “Normale” – or “Classico” as the Brovias prefer – Barolo, tempting young and developing nicely over 3-5 years from release. In 2010, it’s a blend of younger vines from the family’s Cru vineyards, with the biggest portion coming from the Brea vineyard in Serralunga. It was bottled earlier than the Crus, and because of its shocked state, was not shown to critics Antonio Galloni or Steve Tanzer when they visited the estate earlier this year. It is very fine value.
As importer Neal Rosenthal explains: “This cuvée is a blend of the younger vines found in the various “crus” and offers a stylish take on the Brovia approach to this appellation. There is never excess here, no attempt to flaunt an image of power. Above all, balance is the key element in faithfully rendering a Barolo of great stature. You will find here the classic grainy tannins, the long, mineral-inflected finish, the aromas of late-summer roses and flavors of dried cherries.
"Brovia's 2010 Barolo opens with exquisite, floral aromatics. Silky and gracious throughout, the 2010 impresses for its overall balance and classiness. Sweet red cherries, mint, anise, cinnamon and orange peel are some of the notes that open up over time. The 2010 is a wine to treasure for its ample perfume and exceptional harmony. Today, the tannins are a bit firm, so another year or two in bottle is a must. Still, there is so much to like here, even at this early stage. The 2010 Barolo is 70% young-vine fruit from Brea (above 20 years of age), plus the wine that is left over when the single-vineyard Barolos go into cask. A recent bottle of the 2004 was stellar. This is one of the great values left in Barolo. " Antonio Galloni 92 points
"This is spicy, with meat, chocolate and dried-fruit character. Medium body, dense fruit and chewy tannins. Needs two years to soften: better in 2016." James Suckling 91 points
- Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009 Product #27805 (In Stock)
As Antonio Galloni (formerly Wine Advocate's Italian critic and long-time Barolo writer) says, this is "an exceptional wine in its category."
"The 2009 Barolo Brovia wraps around the palate with serious depth. Leather, cloves, cedar, mocha and incense all flesh out in a supple, radiant wine that captures the very best qualities of the vintage. Smoke, tobacco and dried cherries develop later, adding further complexity. The 2009 has enough suppleness to drink well upon release, especially if given some air. It is an exceptional wine in its category." Antonio Galloni 90 points
"Sappy aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and flowers. Lively, sweet flavors of red berries, marzipan and chestnut offer attractive inner-mouth lift and perfume. Offers good depth and finishes with solid energy and broad granular tannins. This Barolo should be perfect to drink in three years."International Wine Cellar 89 points
- Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Product #27806 (In Stock)
The compact soils and south/southest-facing exposure of this site in Serralunga helped Ca' Mia retain fine freshness even as it ripened into plush, velvety, richness. The first to sell out of the 2009s and likely to be the first 2009 gone, too.
"In this hot vintage the 2009 Barolo Ca' Mia appears to have handled the weather best of all the wines in the range, which isn't that much of a shock, considering that the more compact soils of Serralunga are at an advantage in warmer years. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for a serious core of dark red fruit, flowers, iron, tar and licorice, all of which seem to literally jump out of the glass. The 2009 has more than enough fruit and sheer depth to age well for a number of years." Antonio Galloni 92 points
"Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun."International Wine Cellar 94+? points
"The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine’s texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."Wine Advocate 93 points
- Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Product #27807 (In Stock)
Probably the least "open" of the 2009 Brovias, but promising great things 5-7 years from now!
"Iron, tar, scorched earth, smoke and game waft from the glass as the 2009 Barolo Garblèt Sue' opens up. The ferrous notes typical of this site come through loud and clear in the 2009. At the same time, the 2009 is surprisingly soft. At times delicate and even ethereal, the 2009 appears to be heavily marked by the vintage." Antonio Galloni 90 points
"Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir."International Wine Cellar 91+? points
- Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 2009 Product #27808 (In Stock)
The most graceful, elegant, of the Cru wines from Brovia in 2009, but with plenty of depth, too.
"The 2009 Barolo Rocche dei Brovia wraps around the palate with layers of ripe, succulent fruit. Rich, open and expressive, the 2009 is flashy and seductive, in other words, very typical of the year. This is a fairly open, succulent vintage for the Rocche. I imagine it will drink well early and probably be likely to mature quickly as well. Dried rose petals, savory herbs and fennel add complexity on a finish distinguished by its grace." Antonio Galloni 91 points
"High-pitched aromas of raspberry, rose petal and mint. Juicy, youthfully tight and intense; not a rich style but elegant and perfumed, with good supporting minerality. No sign of overripeness here, unlike with many other 2009 Barolos from sandy soil. Finishes with building but ripe tannins and enticing lingering aromatic character. Very refined."International Wine Cellar 92 points