Brovia 2015 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
Item Number: 13500
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Villero Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.
97pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 2/13/2020
"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."