Azienda Agricola Brovia Unio Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

$65

Theandnbsp;Unioandnbsp;cuvandeacute;eandnbsp;stands as a firm testament that the team atandnbsp;Broviaandnbsp;is one of the most skilled in the appellation. Not only have they crafted a serious and age-worthyandnbsp;cuvandeacute;eandnbsp;ofandnbsp;Barolo, they did so despite punishing hailstorms and incessant rain fall.andnbsp;andnbsp;Unioandnbsp;(union) is composed of fruit normally destined for two of their Cru bottlings in Castiglioneandnbsp;Fallettoandnbsp;as well as their best fruit from Brea inandnbsp;Serralunga.andnbsp;Broviaandnbsp;rigorously selected and blended in the cellar with more than half the vintage being sold off in bulk. We've been fortunate enough to taste this wine over the last few months and have been consistently impressed with what is in the bottle. The nose is a bit reticent, with dark cherry fruit, violets, and spicy depth. The tannins are palpable, but quite ripe, with a silky texture that belays a fair amount of heft on the palate. Not one element of this wine reads as a coming from a andldquo;challenging vintage,andrdquo; rather this is classicandnbsp;Baroloandnbsp;from a very talented estate.

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Gregory Fulchiero Delectable Pro

Dried red fruits and spice

Dried red fruits and spice

9.0

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

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9.1

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Just bottled, Brovia's 2014 Barolo is superb. Ample and broad on the palate, it is endowed with serious muscle and pure power. Lavender, mint, pine, plum, sage and a host of mineral and savory notes wrap around a core of plush dark blue/purplish fruit. The 2014 is a superb wine that may very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2018)

Just bottled, Brovia's 2014 Barolo is superb. Ample and broad on the palate, it is endowed with serious muscle and pure power. Lavender, mint, pine, plum, sage and a host of mineral and savory notes wrap around a core of plush dark blue/purplish fruit. The 2014 is a superb wine that may very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2018)

9.2

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

We drank this after the Enrico Serafino and it didn’t take long to realize this was a step up in class and character despite the challenges that Brovia faced in the 2014 vintage; a year in which they sold off half of their holdings. From what I understand, this cuvee, the first of its kind in Brovia’s history, was made using grapes from the lower sector of Brea and two crus from Castiglione Falletto. The idea being that blending the best wines together would be vastly superior to bottling individual and relatively weak wines from each cru. I can say unequivocally that the strategy worked. The “Unio” as they called it, does not come across as a limpid example of Barolo. Quite then contrary, there is profound depth and concentration that slowly gained in power the longer the bottle was open. No short supply of dark berries accompanied by spices, fresh asphalt, rose bushes, and minerals. A rapturous, tongue smacking finish that lasts for minutes closing with some rather lusty tannins. What a treat. The 2014 Brovia “Unio” should age gracefully and I, for one, will be looking forward to tracking its development.

We drank this after the Enrico Serafino and it didn’t take long to realize this was a step up in class and character despite the challenges that Brovia faced in the 2014 vintage; a year in which they sold off half of their holdings. From what I understand, this cuvee, the first of its kind in Brovia’s history, was made using grapes from the lower sector of Brea and two crus from Castiglione Falletto. The idea being that blending the best wines together would be vastly superior to bottling individual and relatively weak wines from each cru. I can say unequivocally that the strategy worked. The “Unio” as they called it, does not come across as a limpid example of Barolo. Quite then contrary, there is profound depth and concentration that slowly gained in power the longer the bottle was open. No short supply of dark berries accompanied by spices, fresh asphalt, rose bushes, and minerals. A rapturous, tongue smacking finish that lasts for minutes closing with some rather lusty tannins. What a treat. The 2014 Brovia “Unio” should age gracefully and I, for one, will be looking forward to tracking its development.

9.3

Max Kelly

Very tough vintage for Brovia. Alex Sanchez is very proud of what they were able to salvage from the rain and hail. I hope it was just going through a grumpy phase when I tasted it. My score is very much much provisional.

Very tough vintage for Brovia. Alex Sanchez is very proud of what they were able to salvage from the rain and hail. I hope it was just going through a grumpy phase when I tasted it. My score is very much much provisional.

8.6

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