2004 Barolo- Perfection?


The Family History… L’azienda Brovia is a traditional estate in the Italian Piedmont. Their home region is near-ish to Turin, even closer to Alba. The Brovia family estate was founded by Giacinto Brovia in 1863. Giacinto was succeeded at the estate by his son Antonio, who ran the domaine until Phylloxera, economic upheaval war forced the estate to close its doors for almost three decades. In 1953 Antonio’s children, Giacinto, Raffaele and Marina resumed winemaking under the Brovia label. In the 21st century Giacinto’s daughter’s daughters Elena and Cristina have chosen to join their parents and continue the heritage of Brovia.

West Palm Wines is happy to offer a selection of this highly rated and highly sought after wines at the lowest prices on the net.

*2004 F Ili Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue$940.00cs
(Robert Parker 95)The estate’s 2004 Barolo Garblet Sue- is made from the Bricco Fiasco vineyard, also in Castiglione Falletto. Once again, this is a picture perfect expression of site in a glass. The wine shows the muscular side of Castiglione. The Garblet Sue- literally explodes from the glass with masses of fruit on a structured, imposing frame. Notes of spices, tobacco and licorice appear, adding further complexity. As in the Rocche, the red fruits are quite spiced and floral, but there is an additional layer of power and sheer muscle to back it up. This is an awesome, youthful Barolo that will require considerable patience.

*2004 F Ili Brovia Barolo Ca Mia$1040.00cs
(Robert Parker 96)The 2004 Barolo Ca- Mia, from the Brea vineyard in Serralunga, is breathtaking. Vibrant black cherries, violets, tar, smoke, menthol and spices flow from this richly-textured, weighty Barolo. The wine turns more balsamic in the glass, with layers of aromas and flavors that continue to emerge. This is a firm but gorgeous traditionally-styled gem of a wine to cellar and enjoy over the following decades. Today the wine remains understandably reticent, but from time to time the inner core of perfumed fruit makes a brief appearance. It is without question one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Brovia and is not to be missed. Will the 2004 Villero be even better?

*2004 F Ili Brovia Barolo Villero$1055.00cs
(not yet rated, but you know it will go higher than the Ca Mia)
The estate’s Barolo Villero seems to have more fleshiness if less overall complexity than the Rocche. The wine’s sweet fruit works well to balance its structural components, even if it finishes with a little heat. With air the characteristic balsamic, mentholated notes that are typical of this vineyard come through but they aren’t as expressive as in cooler years. Brovia’s Villero remains one of Barolo’s best-kept secrets and in top vintages is capable of offering stunning drinking. Readers who have the opportunity to pick up the 1996 should not hesitate to do so. A recent bottle was fantastic.


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