Brovia 2016 Barolo, Rocche di Castiglione, DOCG
Item Number: 14530
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Rocche
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.