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“Peak of Their Powers”: 2016 Brovia Barolo

Posted on: 09/11/20 8:30 AM


2016 Brovia Barolo

Easily one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year, Brovia’s 2016 Barolo is an immediate requisite purchase for anyone interested in fine wine. Period. We don’t care who you are, you will be deeply impressed with just how insanely good this wine is.


2016 in Piedmont represents one of the finest vintages in living memory: a deeply aromatic, beautifully energized expression that combines glorious, generous fruit and thrilling finesse with clarity and elegance. Spoiler alert: Brovia knocks it out of the park. “The much-vaunted 2016 vintage sees Brovia operating at the peak of their powers,” reports Clarke Boehling of Importer Neal Rosenthal, “…perhaps a career high-water mark for Alex, Elena, and Cristina.”

Always one of the greatest values in Piedmont, Brovia’s Barolo is produced from the younger vines found in the various “crus”. Now, look at the scores Piedmont critic Antonio Galloni dished out on the 2016 crus that make up this Barolo: 2016 Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia’ received 97+ points, 2016 Villero got 97 points, Rocche di Castiglione obtained 96 points and Garblèt Sue’ 96 points as well. The sum of all these parts is today’s historic wine. If you don’t think this bottle will disappear quickly, we’re afraid to say you are sorely mistaken. This 2016 is solid gold and it will not last.

I would advise you to lock up a case today, but, honestly, I would suggest cases!

Note from Importer Neal Rosenthal:“Always a stunning value and an excellent encapsulation of the Brovia house style, their Barolo “normale” is comprised 60% of a portion of their holdings in Brea (the oldest and best-exposed vines are bottled separately as “Ca’Mia”—see below) and 40% of the younger vines of their three crus in Castiglione Falletto. One feels both the spicy, boisterous generosity of Serralunga d’Alba and the mineral thrust of Castiglione Falletto in this wine, but this 2016 is notable for its finesse. The contemplative nose evokes a sense of calm stillness, presenting its individual components with clarity and precision; the palate is dynamic in its interplay of pert acidity and fresh, finely wrought tannins.”

Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon