In case you haven’t heard, 2010 is a standout vintage in Barolo. Unfortunately the yields were down and demand certainly outweighs supply. Antonio Galloni sums the vintage up nicely ” transparent, vibrant Barolos that pulsate with tension, crystalline purity and site-specific nuance.” The upside is the wines are brilliant, the downside being we have had very little to sell. We are however, receiving a smattering of the glorious Brovia Barolos 2008-2010 vintages due in April. These are coming in tiny quantities, so don’t delay if you are wanting to secure them.
The Brovia family have been based in Castiglione Falletto in Piedmont since 1863. It is now run by two sisters – Cristina and Elena – daughters of Barolo doyen Giacinto Brovia whose legacy and knowledge of 60 vintages still lives on strongly. The last decade has seen a surge in quality at the estate, and the wines from 2008, 2009 and 2010 are amongst the best of their respective vintages.
Classically styled in larger format Slovenian and French oak, and put through lengthy ferments, these are powerful wines that have a beguiling sense of detail whilst holding onto an inner fragility.
They are earthy yet floral, tactile yet stern, the sort of wines that forever keep you sipping and swirling, never in a hurry to reveal all.
2008 and 2010 – elegance, perfumed, diligently styled
2009 – a warmer vintage producing quite boisterous wines that are more open and expressive
2010 Brovia Barolo $110
Majority is young vine fruit (20 years and older) from Brea and leftover vines from the single vineyards. Excellent value.
‘… opens with exquisite, floral aromatics. Silky and gracious throughout, …. 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. .. a wine to treasure for its ample perfume and exceptional harmony.’ Antonio Galloni September 2014
2010 Brovia Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Castiglione Falletto $202
Planted in 1966 at an altitude of 350 metres. Charming and gracefully styled, this vineyard’s trademarks are sweet fruit and silky tannins.
‘..open, expressive Rocche bouquet, firm yet silky tannins and chiseled fruit are the signatures. Veins of brilliant acidity and insistent tannin give the 2010 much of its energy and overall tension. This mid-weight, super-polished Barolo will provide readers with exceptional drinking for many years to come.’ Antonio Galloni January 2015
2010 Brovia Barolo Villero, Castiglione Falletto $202
Planted in 1961, this 1.5 ha parcel sits at an altitude of 340 metres. Produces exemplary quality fruit year after year, the wines are pure and balanced, strong yet elegant. Ages beautifully.
‘… wraps around the palate with dark red cherries, plums, spices, menthol, new leather and licorice. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders… This early tasting provides a clue of what will develop over the next few years, and that is all hugely positive. Cloves, mocha and black fruit all add gravitas on the finish… A huge, creamy, totally voluptuous finish is full of appeal and pure sexiness.’ Antonio Galloni
2009 Brovia Barolo Villero, Castiglione Falletto $133
‘… has a serious core of fruit, especially relative to the other wines in the range. Crushed flowers, mint, anise and tobacco add complexity… Exotic spiced notes typical of this site develop as the wine continues to blossom with air. … Clean saline notes add a measure of freshness on the finish.’ Antonio Galloni May 2013
2010 Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia, Serralunga $202
Monopole planted in 1955 and sitting at 350 metres altitude. Dense, dark and deep, showing its Serralunga firm yet fine tannins. A crime not to age this!
‘Smoke, tar, earthiness and licorice add gorgeous dimensions of complexity… the flavors are remarkably bright and focused… impresses for its pure balance, harmony and class. Dried rose petals, spices, licorice and game add complexity on a huge finish supported by big, incisive tannins. This is another utterly vivid, dazzling Barolo from Brovia. Here, too, readers will note a slight name change.’ Antonio Galloni January 2014
2009 Brovia Barolo Ca’ Mia, Serralunga $133
‘… 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 May 2013
2008 Brovia Barolo Ca’ Mia, Serralunga $155
‘… beguiling and exotic. Sweet hard candy, flowers, mint and licorice meld into a core of racy red fruit. Firm tannins frame a long, insistent finish laced with rose petals, sweet spices and licorice. The Ca’ Mia is highly expressive and beautifully balanced. It boasts striking inner perfume and fabulous poise. In most vintages Ca’ Mia is mostly about power, but in 2008 it represents the height of elegance.’ Antonio Galloni April 2012
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