2019 Brovia Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

2019 Brovia Barolo, Piemonte, Italy



If you have ever traveled to the Piemonte region in northern Italy, the birth place of the Slow Food movement, then you will know how compelling and well matched Barolo is with the local cucina; risotto, truffles, egg noodles, veal and wild boar, wild mushrooms, hazelnuts, chocolate, and of course the cheeses.  If you haven’t visited the region yet, then consider this Brovia Barolo as very proper homework bottles for now or later.

The 2019 Barolo vintage is a standout!  Many critics and winemakers alike are noting the wines as exemplary and comparing them to the classic and great 2010 vintage.  Almost perfect weather allowed the Nebbiolo extended hang time and slow ripening into mid-October.  The result are wines of great color intensity, aromatic complexity and flavor depth, balanced structure rich in tannins, and freshness as experienced in the long tapered finishes.  Wines you should be able to begin drinking very soon, but capable of evolving over the next 25 years.

Belonging to the very top tier of region’s most collectibles is the difficult to find Barolo of Brovia situated in the heart of the district.  The family has been farming its estate in the village of Castiglione Falletto since the mid-1800s.  Farming is all organic and manual-hands on, and the winemaking very traditional with lengthy macerations.  The Barolo is aged in very large Slavonian and French oak cask for two years.  The wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined, and matured another 18-24 months before release.

“On a shortlist of “annata” wines to buy from Piedmont this year is the Brovia 2019 Barolo. Made from a blend of fruit from Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, this wine delivers a very sharp and chiseled performance that puts a priority on directness, freshness and length. This pretty wine has a pronounced fruity side and a mineral side, and these two parts converge beautifully. There are hints of dried mint and licorice on the close of this must-have wine. 25,000 bottles were produced. 2025-2042” – 95 points, RP-Wine Advocate (Monica Larner)

This cuvée is a blend of the younger vines found in the various crus. Since its inception, the Barolo has offered a stylish take on the Brovia approach to this appellation. There is never excess here, no attempt to showboat or 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. After a fermentation of approximately three weeks, the wine is aged for at least two years in a combination of large and medium-sized barrels of Slavonian and French origin. Production averages 13,000 bottles. – from importer (Rosenthal)