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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont
People: Brovia Family, Owners | Giacinto Brovia, Enologist
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Brovia 2014 'Unio' Barolo DOCG Login AG 92+ WA 93+
Brovia (1.5 L) 2015 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG Login
Brovia (1.5 L) 2015 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG Login
Brovia (1.5 L) 2016 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG Login
Brovia (1.5 L) 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG Login
Brovia (1.5 L) 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG Login
Brovia 2015 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG Login AG 94 WA 93
Brovia 2016 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG Login AG 97+ WE 100
Brovia 2015 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG Login AG 94 WA 94
Brovia 2016 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG Login AG 96 WE 99
Brovia 2015 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG Login AG 94 WA 95
Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG Login AG 96 WE 98
Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG Login AG 93+ WA 94
Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG Login AG 97 WE 99

In 1863 Giacinto Brovia founded the Brovia estate in the village of Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo district. The family has been continually engaged in the growing of grapes and the production of wine since that time. The phylloxera plague, economic upheaval and two wars interrupted production for almost 30 years but, in 1953, two brothers, Giacinto and Raffaele, grandchildren of the founder, resumed full-scale wine production. Giacinto, a trained enologist, was (and still is) responsible for the production of the wine while Raffaele, a trained agronomist, supervised the vineyard work. Sadly, Raffaele passed away in 2011 but two of Giacinto’s daughters, Cristina and Elena, are now completely engaged as the fourth generation, in the affairs of this family-run estate. Marina, Giacinto’s wife and mother of their children, is a brilliant cook and provider of wise counsel, and Alex Sanchez, husband of Elena, has joined the family enterprise.

The Brovias, from generation to generation, have been conscientious buyers of some of the finest vineyard sites in this noble zone, concentrating their efforts in their home village of Castiglione Falletto and the neighboring Serralunga d’Alba. Brovia owns land in a variety of the best "cru" of Piedmont such as Rocche, Villero and Garblét Sue, all in Castiglione Falletto, as well as Brea in Serralunga. These different vineyard plots represent a range of soil types, from heavier clay to friable limestone. The Brovias are extremely conscientious winegrowers and farm organically in every sense of that word (without being formally certified). They perform soil analyses every two years to ensure that the elements are in equilibrium; pruning is done to limit harvest levels; and grape clusters are thinned, when necessary, in the summer. Harvest is done entirely by hand and usually begins in late September with the Dolcetto, Arneis and Barbera; of course, the Nebbiolo ripens later, and harvest for the various Baroli occurs normally in mid-October.

The Brovia wines are vinified in the classic style. Grapes are lightly crushed before going into the fermentation tanks. The length of the fermentation period depends on the grape variety but the Nebbiolo for various Barolo cuvées can extend as long as a month or more at temperatures between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius. The Baroli are aged for at least two years in 30 hectoliter barrels of Slavonian and French oak. The wines are then bottled without filtration and released to the market after an additional 18 to 24 months of bottle-aging. The cuvées of Dolcetto and Barbera are handled differently, with the Dolcetto being aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks and the Barbera in stainless with a portion of the Serralunga-based wine in smaller barrels, with a portion going into French oak barrels for 9 - 10 months. The wines are bottled without filtration.

The Brovia estate encompasses 19.2 hectares with 55% of the production dedicated to Barolo, 25% in Dolcetto, 10% to Barbera and the remaining 10% produced from Arneis, Nebbiolo d’Alba and Freisa.

Vinous 2/2018
"In 2014, Brovia took the unusual step of bottling one single Barolo. The 2014 is a blend of two parcels, but the Brovias prefer not to disclose which two in order to not penalize the image of the other two vineyards for the future. The 2015s and 2016s I tasted from cask point to very promising vintages in the pipeline."


Vinous 3/2015
"Brovia remains one of the most impressive estates in Piedmont. Even after a string of impressive recent vintages, the wines remain less well known than quality would suggest. The 2011s will give Brovia fans plenty to enjoy while the epic 2010s rest in the cellar. The Brovia Barolos remain quite classic in style. Malos are done right after the alcoholic fermentations, often in steel. The wines spend a year in Slavonian oak followed by two years in a combination of French and Slavonian oak casks."

Reviews

  • Brovia 2014 'Unio' Barolo DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (2/1/2018)

    Brovia's 2014 Barolo is superb. Ample and broad on the palate, it is endowed with serious muscle and pure power. Lavender, mint, pine, plum, sage and a host of mineral and savory notes wrap around a core of plush dark blue/purplish fruit. The 2014 is a superb wine that may very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests.
  • Brovia 2014 'Unio' Barolo DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (6/29/2018)

    Here's an interesting expression from Alex Sanchez and Elena and Cristina Brovia in Castiglione Falletto. The 2014 Barolo Unìo opens to a dark color tonality and an immediately velvety texture. The bouquet is brimming with dark fruit aromas spanning from Morello cherry to bitter currant. Spice, tar, cola and balsam herb fill in the background evenly and with harmony. This is a well-balanced wine from the 2014 vintage that shows impressive integrity across all the senses.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/10/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Garblèt Sue’ is dense and powerful in the glass. A rush of black cherry, plum, lavender, iron and sage literally burst from the glass. Ample, full-bodied and intense, the Garblèt Sue’ is another stellar wine in this range. The typically incisive Garblèt Sue’ tannins are nearly buried by the sheer richness of the fruit. Today, the Garblèt Sue’ is distinguished by its wild, feral profile and huge core of fruit. In this vintage, the Garblèt is the overachiever in the range relative to how it shows in most vintages.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/28/2019)

    Showing some immediate softness, the 2015 Barolo Garblèt Sue’ is beautifully approachable and generously accommodating, even at this early stage in the wine’s drinking window. Bring it out with a selection of goat cheeses. It’s interesting to note that, at 40 years old, the vines of this cru in Castiglione Falletto actually rank as some of the youngest held by the Brovia estate, founded in 1863, before the unification of Italy.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG
    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.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG
    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.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
    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.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
    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.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/10/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Black cherry, plum, espresso, sage, menthol, licorice and leather are all kicked up a few notches in a decidedly dark, strapping Barolo that screams with Serralunga character. Exotic, dark and totally alluring, the 2015 has a very bright future, but readers should be prepared to be patient, as the tannins clearly need time to soften.
  • Brovia 2015 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (6/28/2019)

    The Brovia 2015 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia offers good balance and an authentic representation of the vintage. You can sense some of the heat of the growing season here, thanks to the wine’s open and accessible persona; it enters the palate with softness and elegance. This was the first of the single-vineyard wines from Brovia released this year that I tasted in a flight meant to increase in intensity.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 97+ (2/1/2020)

    The 2016 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia' continues a theme of total sensuality in this range. Black cherry, plum, spice, lavender, mint, licorice, sage, black pepper and leather infuse the wine with striking layers of nuance. The 2016 possesses striking inner perfume and tons of depth, with impossibly refined tannins that add to the wine's captivating balance. As always, this is the most reticent and inward of the four Barolos at Brovia, with a massively powerful finish. Even so, the 2016 possesses tremendous brilliance and plenty of the refinement that is such a signature of the vintage at this address. I can't wait to taste the 2016 with more time in bottle. What a wine!
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 97 (2/1/2020)

    The 2016 Barolo Villero is one of the most refined editions of this wine I can remember tasting. Lavender, spice, licorice, mint and blue/purplish fruit are beautifully delineated here. Transparent and nuanced, the Villero is so classy. There is plenty of depth and structure, but what impresses most about the Villero is how unusually sophisticated it is. Time in the glass brings out the wine's explosive personality, but the 2016 remains incredibly elegant, especially for this site. This is a tremendous showing from Brovia.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (2/1/2020)

    The 2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione Brovia is explosive and exuberant from the very first taste. There is a rush of sweet red plum, red cherry, mint, blood orange, cinnamon and wild flowers in this rich, heady Barolo that captures the essence of this Castiglione Falletto site. Plush fruit and silky tannins suggest the 2016 will drink well with just a few years in bottle. The 2016 is so alluring, even in the early going; it is not austere at all. The 2016 is fabulous - that's pretty much all there is to it.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (2/1/2020)

    The 2016 Barolo Garblèt Sue' is laced with bright red small berry fruit, wild flowers, sage, mint, star anise, apricot and blood orange. In 2016, the Garblèt Sue' is incredibly sensual, with finer tannins than are the norm. A range of floral and savory notes add striking aromatic lift and exotic perfume. This is the most polished vintage of the Garblèt Sue' I can remember tasting. As always, the Garblèt Sue' is marked by a very obvious nervousness in its tannins, but the 2016 also has more than enough fruit to balance things out.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 100 (9/1/2020)

    Rose, pine forest, wild berry, new leather and star anise are just some of the aromas you'll find on this drop-dead gorgeous wine. Firmly structured, elegant and thoroughly delicious, the radiant palate shows restraint and depth. It delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco against tightly knit, noble tannins while fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It's focused and compelling, but hold for even more complexity. An absolutely stellar showing. Drink 2026–2056.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 99 (9/1/2020)

    Fragrant, structured and loaded with finesse, this radiant red has enticing scents of pressed rose, woodland berry, moist earth and camphor. Full bodied but boasting a weightless elegance, the chiseled palate has depth, focus and tension, delivering juicy red cherry, strawberry compote, licorice and crushed mint. Firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity provide impeccable balance and an age-worthy structure. Drink 2026–2046.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 98 (9/1/2020)

    Camphor, rose, red-berry and star anise aromas slowly take shape on this compelling, gorgeous red. Delicious, elegant and structured, the palate has youthful tension but already shows fantastic depth, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and clove before closing on a hazelnut note. Firm refined tannins keep it perfectly balanced and give it an age-worthy structure. Drink 2026–2046.
  • Brovia 2016 Barolo, Garblet Sue, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 99 (9/1/2020)

    Wild berry, iris, menthol, star anise and new leather aromas follow over to the precise, full-bodied palate along with juicy cherry, raspberry compote and tobacco. Boasting elegance and structure in equal measure, it has taut refined tannins and fresh acidity that will give this decades of drinking pleasure. Drink 2026–2056.