Brovia 2014 'Unio' Barolo DOCG

Brovia 2014 'Unio' Barolo DOCG

Item Number: 11780

UPC: 0-855152001395

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

2014 Vintage Notes: 2014 was an arduous growing season. Mother Nature unleashed three separate vicious hailstorms in rapid succession, overwhelmed growers with unrelenting rain, and wore them down with cold temperatures and gray skies. Then there was a late-season attack of the devastating suzukii—a fruit fly that punctures grapes and causes rot. Instead of bottling their normal crus, Brovia decided to create one cuvee in 2014. They christened the result of this difficult vintage “Unio,” a Latin word meaning “union” that refers to the marriage of the crus that constitute the blend. 50% of their total Barolo harvest ended up being sold off in bulk.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes were lightly crushed before going into fermentation tanks. Maceration lasted for three weeks. Aging occurred in large 30-hectoliter Slavonian barrels. The wine was bottled without filtration and released to the market after an additional 18-24 months of bottle-aging.

Tasting Notes: Brovia’s strategy of assembling one great wine paid off enormously, and the end result is not just good—it is shockingly gorgeous. The nose soars, laden with the beautiful, complex, almost philosophical spice of great Nebbiolo, and anchored by dark, savory fruits. The vintage’s lightness is felt not in any sense of dilution but in a sense of mesmerizing clarity—the kind of clear-eyed freshness that the heft of riper vintages sometimes masks. In the absence of excess flesh, the wine’s profound minerality is positively arresting, reading as chiseled and foundational rather than as an undertone or a grace note. Furthermore, the family’s remarkable feel for well-judged extraction is on full display here, as the tannins are as perfect as could be imagined.