2005 Brovia, Barolo DOCG “Ca’ Mia” Piedmonte, Italy.
Over the last three years, I’ve tasted many of the Brovia wines and I am always left with lots of admiration of their quality and structure, so it is nice to go back and taste an earlier vintage again especially these 2005 which were really tight and highly tannic on release. The “Ca’ Mia” the last time I tried it was fiercely tannin and involved so it was hard to gauge what was going to happen, but now (Nov. 2012) it seems to be opening up and beginning to show amazing potential and the inner core of flavors are fantastic, I wish I had a few bottles tucked away. The “Ca’ Mia” is my least favorite of the single vineyard Baroli that Brovia make, that said, maybe I have not had this one with proper age on it! This 2005 Brovia Ca’ Mia Barolo reveals dried violets and delicate rose petals, along with lavender oil, tea spices and truffle notes before dusty red fruits and licorice come through with tarry cherry, strawberry and plum, while earthy essences, mineral and fennel play in the background. This is a strong and forceful Nebbiolo that shows plenty of tannin and acidity to go with refined and detailed fruit, making it a classic example of terroir and the grape, at it’s best.
($90 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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