Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG

Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG

Item Number: 14532

UPC: 0-811644010665

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

Tasting Notes: Villero’s clay-limestone marl (though still containing some sand) renders a wine of notable structure—one which often assumes a dark, brooding personality in its youth. The 2016, while still uncompromising in its robustness, offers exceptionally fresh and energetic tannins, though they are more kinetic than supple; Villero sprints, where Rocche glides. Compared to Rocche’s bright red fruit, Villero leans more toward blue and black, with an earthier spice element and a greater overall sense of solidity, but 2016 offers a relatively refined take on this wine.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.