2010 Brovia, Babera D’ Alba DOC, Sori Del Drago, Piedmonte, Italy.
For many years running the Sori del Drago Barbera from Brovia has been one of my favorite wines, and while I still love and adore La Spinetta’s Gallina, this vintage might just go to the Brovia, yes it is that good. Coming off a single plot in Falletto’s main Barolo zone the 2010 Brovia is suave and intense with otherworldly verve and charms, showing almost Nebbiolo grip and strikingly complex flavors, but with Barbera’s dark color and plummy personality. The nose hints at flowers, herbs and mineral spices with a dose of blackberry leading to a remarkable fine and textured palate of plum, dark berries, cherry notes and profound licorice, menthol and loganberry with traces of mineral, lavender, strawberry and truffle. Very exotic and unique, but then you’d expect nothing less from Brovia, and this Sori del Drago is a dragon in a velvet glove, bravo, a super effort and tasty wine.
($30 Est.) 93+ points, grapelive
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