Brovia 2015 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG

Brovia 2015 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG

Item Number: 13497

UPC: 0-811644010672

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Rocche
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy
Elevation: 350 meters

Rocche di Castiglione is one of the most coveted crus in the appellation, and for good reason: its high-altitude (among the highest in Castiglione Faletto), white-sand soils render a Barolo of dizzying perfume and supreme elegance. Brovia owns a 1.5-hectare parcel of southeast-facing vines at 350 meters altitude, and this is indeed always the most refined, lithe wine in their lineup. That said, the 2015 is ample in size, with plenty of fruit in reserve, but there’s no hiding the finely etched minerality which buttresses the wine. It displays exceptional aromatic grace as well, with high-toned, delicately expressed spices, and a very pretty floral element.

Vintage Notes: Although 2015 seems to have a broad reputation for power and richness in the marketplace, the vintage’s best Barolos are anything but one-dimensional. The growing season itself was uneven, with dramatic heat spikes throughout May and June, a virtually rainless July, a hot but rainy August, and a September and early October slightly cooler than normal. Brovia began harvesting at the very beginning of October, bringing in remarkably clean and healthy fruit beautifully suited to extended macerations. These 2015s show marked tension, offering an interesting combination of warm-vintage amplitude and cool-vintage poise; they are authoritatively ripe but not juicy, and they display striking finesse. Their tannins are plentiful but less bare-knuckled than those of say 2013 or 2010, buffered as they are by such concentrated fruit—fruit which is irresistibly delicious yet controlled. They constitute yet another stunning effort by an estate that has few peers in the region, and we greatly look forward to sharing them with you.

Vinous 2/2019: "This is a stellar set of 2015s from Elena Brovia and Alex Sanchez. These are some of the bigger, richer 2015s readers will come across, and yet the wines show impeccable balance."

Winemaking Notes: One cannot help but be struck by the stark simplicity of the cellar operations. As in the past, the fermentation starts with natural yeast in old, large concrete tanks. Fermentation can run as long as a month, after which the cru Barolos move to thirty-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks for 24 months. This is followed by 18 months in steel and another long aging period in bottle. Bottling is done without fining or filtering. Furthermore, the Brovias employ no chemicals whatsoever in their vineyards, thereby putting them in a small minority in this exalted region.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/10/2019)

    Brovia’s flagship 2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is a decidedly full-bodied wine. The richness of this warm vintage comes through loud and clear in an ample, resonant Barolo endowed with serious textural depth. Lifted floral and spice notes add an attractive upper register as the 2015 starts to open up in the glass. Even so, the Rocche stands out for its volume and sheer size, both of which are unusual for this Castiglione Falletto site, where the wines tend to be more lithe. The Rocche appears to be the Barolo most shaped by the growing season in this range.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (6/28/2019)

    The Brovia 2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione opens to the darkest color of this series, with a firm core of black fruit. This wine is silky and satiny in terms of texture—one of the trademarks of this sandy-soil cru in Castiglione Falletto—but don’t underestimate that structural firmness that holds it tightly together. It would take nicely to veal involtini with asparagus.