Brovia 2016 Barolo, Villero, DOCG
Item Number: 14532
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
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.