Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG

Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG

Item Number: 14530

UPC: 0-811644010672

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Rocche
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: White sand
Elevation: 350 meters

Vintage Notes: The much-vaunted 2016 vintage sees Brovia operating at the peak of their powers, and their quintet of Barolo slated to reach us in early August is perhaps a career high-water mark for Alex, Elena, and Cristina. The growing season was a perfect storm of favorable conditions: a mild spring with adequate rainfall; a warm, luminous summer with no catastrophic weather events; and a relatively cool September with wide diurnal shifts, which pushed the harvest date into October—not a common occurrence in today’s warm climate. The finished wines combine the drive of a cooler, later-harvested vintage with the concentration and richness of a more solar year; Alex compares 2016 to 2013, but with more prominent fruit. The sense of energy and clarity running through all of Brovia’s 2016s is thrilling; even in the context of their typically terroir-evocative style, the crus are particularly well-differentiated in 2016, and they possess the structure to age for decades with ease. Vinous 2/2020: "Brovia's 2016s are all finesse. That's not much of a surprise given how strong these wines have been in recent years."

Winemaking Notes: No chemical treatments are ever employed in the vineyards. The hand-harvested, carefully sorted fruit ferments spontaneously in large cement tanks, with a lengthy three-to-four-week period of maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place in steel. Aging occurs in gargantuan, ladder-requiring old casks, mainly Slavonian with some French, and bottling is done without fining or filtration.

Vineyard Notes: Rocche di Castiglione is one of the most coveted crus in the appellation, and for good reason: its high-altitude, 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 the most refined wine in their lineup year after year.

Tasting Notes: An exceptionally ravishing vintage of an always beautiful wine, the 2016 is already intoxicatingly aromatic, with sappy red fruits and baking spice overlaying an exceptionally focused sense of minerality; it rings on the palate without clinging, its tannins simultaneously caressing and authoritative.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.