Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG

Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG

Item Number: 13500

UPC: 0-811644010665

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Villero Vineyard
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: Clay-limestone marl with sand
Elevation: 340 meters

Brovia owns a hectare and a half of old vines (planted in 1961) situated at 340 meters altitude in this characterful southwest-facing cru in Castiglione Falletto. Villero’s clay-limestone marl (though still containing some sand) renders a wine of powerful structure—one which often assumes a dark, brooding personality in its youth. We have always adored its uncompromising nature, as well as its ability to age with consummate breed, and this 2015 is a fascinating version. One might expect, given the vintage’s warmth, that this would be the most impenetrable wine of the lineup, but there is a real tension at its core, while the vintage’s fruit engenders a sense of relative openness. Still, it’s a feral wine with a strong grip, and one would be remiss not giving it some time in bottle to blossom.

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: 93+ (2/10/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Villero is a very pretty, mid-weight wine. Silky tannins and beautifully expressive aromatics give the Villero considerable finesse. On the palate, though, the 2015 is far less expressive. That is not entirely surprising, as the Villero often needs a few years to truly blossom. Sweet floral and spice notes start to open with time in the glass, but the Villero is not an especially forthcoming 2015 Barolo.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/28/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Villero offers richness and darkness with fruit from Castiglione Falletto. The Villero is a balanced and polished Barolo that opens to nicely integrated fruit and spice tones, expertly interwoven and united. The wine has a beautiful entry to the palate. Indeed, this pretty wine presented a united front, with seamless and graceful integration.