Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2006 Brovia Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy.
This producer is new to me and I was excited to try their wines, as I had heard about them and was told lots of good things. Brovia makes their wines in a classic, almost Burgundian style with terroir and purity of fruit and most of the vineyard sources are close to Falletto, near to where Giacosa is and other top winemakers. This 2006 Barolo “normale” is a wonderful example of the elegance that can be found in Nebbiolo, and it does share grace and charms that you’d expect from a fine Burgundy. I can tell you this wine is a thing of beauty and has fruit, structure, poise and length with a nose full of dried roses, lavender oil, truffle and fennel before pretty cherry and plum fruit come forward. The body feels heavenly smooth, but with life and taut balance, while in the background game, black tea, black licorice and menthol dance subtlety. The finish is long and flavorful, almost begging you for another sip, glass or bottle! While still youthful, the 2006 is drinking great now, though it should go another 5 or 6 years, gaining in small ways I’m sure.
($50 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive