A 2009 Barolo from the heart of the blend zone of Barolo

This wine is a blend from younger vines in different parts of Castiglione-Falletto, Barolo. This a traditional estate that was established in 1863. Since 2011, the daughters Cristina and Elena as well as Elena’s husband Alex Sanchez continue the estate’s success and employs organic cultivation with out having gone through certification and use merely traditional methods, i.e. longer maceration periods and big, neutral barrels of French and Slavonian origin.

The 2009 vintage was far from ideal for nebbiolo and suffered from a too hot summer that endured into September causing an undesired fast growing cycle as well as an early, patchy ripeness. It is an producer’s vintage that renders really early approachable and forward wines of better quality than expected, but only if you employed a hard selection and harvested at the right time.

2009 Brovia, Barolo

The colour is dark ruby red and white edges.
A distinct scent of dog rose, shale tone, gravel, ginger, delicate wedged grass, fine burned minerals, some delicate rose petals. Not bad, but here is strangely a rather backward, reduced nose even though it is absolutely fresh.
The palate offers blood grape, sourish red fruit, some anise, sweet iron, orange peel and fine tuned burned minerals. Some excessive alcohol, but it doesn’t disturb the palate. Texture is smooth, quite polished and the tannins are fine grained sandy. Its body is on the slimmer side. Concentration could be better and we lack backbone.

A very shy and quiet wine that is very reduced now, but it is of course very, very young and even though the vintage is very approachable it obviously needs more time to stabilize and open up.


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