The Rocche vineyard in Castiglione, with Brovia vines in the foreground.

Brovia 2008

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We like the 2008 vintage in Piedmont. After the (mostly) blowsy and extracted 2007s, the 2008s show much more like an excellent ‘classic’ vintage, so while the wines display some ripe fruit, the best are vibrant and balanced, with great natural acidity and ripe tannins. They should age well.

Our visit to Brovia in May was a highlight – as it has been in recent years. The wines are focused and distinctive; medium-bodied, aromatic and pure, with tons of minerality. We’ve been selling Brovia here since we opened, and while there have been many memorable wines, they seem to get better with every vintage.

 

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Brovia 2008 Barolo

2008 is a great vintage for Brovia, and somehow the wines continue to improve — hard to imagine given the existing quality there, but it's happening.The Barolo is a combination of fruit from all of the crus, plus about 50% from the Brea vineyard (source for Brovia of great Barbera). The wine had only been bottled 3 weeks before, but it showed beautifully — aromatic, with the classic notes and an appealing mint aspect; the palate is warm and rich with ripe fruit and tannin, truffle and earth. A pure wine, both energetic and accesible. It's a knock-out intro for Brovia in 2008 — if you're as happy with this as I am you are going to love the crus...

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Brovia 2008 Barolo Rocche dei Brovia

Highly aromatic, and very finely textured with beautiful ripe tannin; the palate is deep with pure dark classic Nebbiolo flavor, but not heavy; medium-bodied. A great wine.

The photo shows the view from the top of Rocche, looking straight down-hill. At the bottom of the vines the already very steep hill becomes a cliff.

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Brovia 2008 Barolo Villero

Aromatic and rich with clay, raspberry fruit, herbs with mint. Sweet fruit in the mouth, followed by pronounced firm – but ripe – tannins; great depth and lovely finish. Great potential with some time in the cellar.

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Brovia 2008 Barolo Garblet Sue

Rich with spicy aromas (with appealing notes of orange pith); super long on palate and finish and very stony and savory; fully ripe tannin, with a lot of mid-palate presence. A complete and complex wine.

 

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Brovia 2008 Barolo Ca'Mia

I love this wine, so we bought quite a lot of it. All of the Brovia 2008s are balanced and elegant, but they’re also compact at their core in a way that suggests incredible future complexity and aging potential. The Ca’Mia is perhaps the deepest of the four cru wines, with a dense core in an elegant and balanced wrapper. The wine is ripe and tannic, and has good cut and lift – the kind of balance between structure, power, and finesse that you might hope for from the best wines from Serralunga. A wine for the cellar, and a knock-out!

Note how steep the hill of Ca'Mia is — and how chalky the soil is.

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