2010 Brovia, Barolo “Garblet Sue” DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy.
The Garblet Sue Barolo from Brovia is a fantastic wine, pure and classically defined with beautiful details and sublime structure. Brovia is becoming a top top tier Barolo producer, and with these 2010 wines certainly needs to be on the same shelf as Giacosa, Gaja, Aldo Conterno and Elio Altare. Set in Barolo’s Castiglione Falletto, Brovia captures the essence and soul of this terroir to perfection, and this 2010 Garblet Sue flirts with immortal greatness, and looks set to join the Nebbiolo hall of fame. The 2010 Cru Baroli will need some mid term cellaring to reach potentials, but even still you can taste the heart of these glorious wines and especially this one, where there is rose petals, dried violets, incense, wild herbs, bacon/meaty notes, tar, briar and a bonanza of red fruits with tangy currant, spiced plum, black cherry, strawberry and earthy mulberry, along with forceful tannin, brisk acidity and savory elements, mineral and loamy stones. This wine has a firm voice and is very intense, but as it starts to unwind there is grace and seductive charms to be found and celebrated, it lingers on the finish with a hint of kirsch, chalk, cedar, hoisin, fig and licorice, this is absolutely gorgeous Barolo and will be even better in a few years, drink from 2020 to 2028. One of the best wines I’ve tried all year, it offers ripe flavors, balance and velvet gloved power, at 14% alcohol it is not over the top and feels lovely and rounded on the palate, this is magical stuff and I highly recommend putting some of this away, and don’t miss their Dolcetto and Barbera for immediate pleasure and enjoyment.
($90 Est.) 96-98 Points, grapelive
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