Brovia 2016 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG

Brovia 2016 Barolo, Brea - Vigna Ca'Mia, DOCG

Item Number: 14534

UPC: 0-811644010658

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brea 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: Limestone
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: Brovia’s lone Barolo from the neighboring township of Serralunga d’Alba, Ca’Mia is sourced from the best and oldest part of the family’s holding in the centrally located cru of Brea. The Nebbiolo for Ca’Mia was planted in 1955 on a southeast-exposed part of the cru at 350 meters altitude, and Brea’s limestone-dominated soils—in contrast to the generally sandier soils of Castiglione Falletto—yield a Barolo of titanic minerality and boisterous power.

Tasting Notes: The 2016 roars its origin with a nose of pure crushed rocks, and a palate of almost overwhelming intensity spreads sizzling, clenching tannins from the front to the back of the mouth. This possesses the same sense of freshness and lift as its brethren, but it is easily the most youthfully backward at this point; ample time will be required but rewarded hugely.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 97+ (2/1/2020)

    The 2016 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia' continues a theme of total sensuality in this range. Black cherry, plum, spice, lavender, mint, licorice, sage, black pepper and leather infuse the wine with striking layers of nuance. The 2016 possesses striking inner perfume and tons of depth, with impossibly refined tannins that add to the wine's captivating balance. As always, this is the most reticent and inward of the four Barolos at Brovia, with a massively powerful finish. Even so, the 2016 possesses tremendous brilliance and plenty of the refinement that is such a signature of the vintage at this address. I can't wait to taste the 2016 with more time in bottle. What a wine!
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 100 (9/1/2020)

    Rose, pine forest, wild berry, new leather and star anise are just some of the aromas you'll find on this drop-dead gorgeous wine. Firmly structured, elegant and thoroughly delicious, the radiant palate shows restraint and depth. It delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco against tightly knit, noble tannins while fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It's focused and compelling, but hold for even more complexity. An absolutely stellar showing. Drink 2026–2056.