Brovia

Castiglione Falletto, Piemonte

Piemonte

Brovia is a small family owned farm that started in 1863 and has been in the family ever since. Giacinto, his daughters Elena and Christina and son in law Alex have worked together since 2001 and their complimentary skills have brought about subtle changes that have shifted the estate comfortably into the first division of Barolo producers. Giacinto fortunately had the foresight to buy vineyards at a time when it was not fashionable, their 19 hectares are in excellent sites in both Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, from these vineyards come the single vineyard, or ‘Cru’ Barolos of Villero, Rocche, Garblèt Sue (Fiasco) and Ca’ Mia (Brea) and between them they are also responsible for the ‘house’ Barolo.  These Cru wines are a real treat, all are from Nebbiolo vines that are trained the same way and are farmed the same way, even the winemaking and ageing is almost identical and the wines are so entirely different, the characters of each terroirs leap from the glass. 

Alongside the Barolo are wines made from the local vines of Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, Arneis and soon there will be a Moscato.  The total output rarely exceeds 50,000 bottles and miniscule quantities of each wine are made.  There are no experimental plantings, no Merlot, not even patch of Pinot Noir, this is old school traditional winemaking, barriques are only used for one wine and that is the Barbera from Ca’ Mia called ‘Brea’, every single wine released is excellent.

This is a superb set of wines from Brovia. For reasons I can’t quite understand Brovia remains incredibly overlooked considering the quality of the juice they put in the bottle. In recent years Brovia has been making terrific wines in an enlightened traditional style that is immensely appealing. The estate favours long fermentations. The single-vineyard Barolos are aged in French oak casks, while the Barolo (made from young vines) is aged in Slavonian oak. The resulting wines offer notable complexity and tons of site-specific detail, which makes them great choices for learning about some of Piedmont-s top terroirs. Even better, prices have remained exceedingly fair in relative terms, although US importer Neal Rosenthal declined to provide pricing on the 2004 Barolos. Readers should be aware that Brovia has decided to hold back the release of the 2004 Barolo Villero as they believe the wine needs more time. These are some of my notes from a barrel sample of that wine I tasted in April 2007: -stunning .... sublime .... elegant.- Simply put, Brovia is on fire. Readers won’t want to miss out on these exceptional wines.  

Wine Advocate October 2008

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  1. Brovia. Barolo 'Villero' 2005

    Full bodied, balanced and velvety, with a huge structure and a very long finish.


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    £50.00
  2. Brovia. Barolo 'Garblet Sue' 2005

    Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue
    Barolo DOCG


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    £46.00
  3. Brovia. Barolo 'Villero' 2004

    A classic powerful and full-bodied wine from a historical vineyard of Castiglione Falletto. The colour is intense ruby red with a light presence of orange reflections. The smell is elegant, intense, pleasant , balanced and with a hint of withered roses, plums, minerals, tobacco, liquorice, smoke and leather. The taste is full bodied, balanced and velvety, with a huge structure and a very long finish


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  4. Brovia. Barolo 'Ca' Mia' 2004

    Vibrant black cherries, violets, tar, smoke, menthol and spices flow from this richly-textured, weighty Barolo. The wine turns more balsamic in the glass, with layers of aromas and flavors that continue to emerge. This is a firm but gorgeous traditionally-styled gem of a wine to cellar and enjoy over the following decades.


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    £50.00
  5. Brovia. Barolo 'Ca' Mia' 2005

    Dark plums, prunes, cherries, smoke, leather, menthol and liquorice emerge from this masculine Barolo.


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    £50.00
  6. Brovia. Barolo 'Rocche' 2005

    eRobert Parker (Galloni) 92 points
    Is all class and elegance. Sweet, open aromatics meld into an expressive core of small red fruits. As is often the case, the Rocche present a very fine, chiseled expression of fruit framed by relatively soft, silky tannins. In 2005, the Rocche is remarkably accessible, although it will likely firm up a bit in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.


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    £49.00

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