Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Brovia Barbera “Sori del Drago” La Morra, Piedmonte, Italy.
Brovia’s wonderful Barbera “Sori del Drago” is one of the greats, and is a refined and balanced red that gives heightened elegance and depth to this very underrated grape. The 2009 Brovia is full and loaded with blackberry, cherry and tangy plum fruit, chalky mineral essence, violets and lavender spices. The nose is earthy floral and the palate fresh and bright with the black and blue fruits and is a alive with focused acidity. This wine really expands on the palate giving round smoothness with just a hint of tannin to frame it, making it glorious with food. There is a hint of neutral wood that helps keep it all together and there is a touch of truffle and fennel to go with the pure dark fruits. I tasted this wine twice and both times found it stunning and a Barbera of quality and charm with energy and complexity, making it a new pet favorite to go with my love of this grape and I put it up there with the best of the region, including La Spinetta and others.
($29 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive