Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Brovia Nebbiolo D’ Alba “Valmaggione” Piedmonte, Italy.
This fresh and vibrant Nebbiolo shows wild sweet strawberry and mountains herbs with an earthy perfume and hints of truffle. Brovia, an elegant and classic style always, makes a lovely and smooth textured wine and this baby Barolo is very much true to form. The 2008 Brovia Nebbiolo takes a while to really get going, so be sure to have patience and let this wine breathe, as air brings out the fullness and real nature of this subtle red. The opened wine shows mineral, tar and licorice accents to go along with the cherry and raspberry fruit core making it drink more like a rich Burgundy rather than a tough and tannic Barolo. I can honestly say, I have yet to try or taste a Brovia wine that I didn’t enjoy, these are wines that are full of life and give lots of pleasure. I love all their Baroli and I am especially found of their Barbera, and now I’m smitten on this Nebbiolo, and the house style and the fact that almost no oak shows in the wines keeps me coming back. If you want pretty, terroir driven and quality made Piedmonte wines, you must explore these wines of Brovia.
($40 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive