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Brovia Barolo Villero 2012

Brovia Barolo Villero 2012

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"As always, the 2012 Barolo Villero is a bit more pointed and focused than the Rocche, with veins of tannin and acidity that give the wine much of its shape. Beautifully delineated throughout, the Villero is laced with deep layers of spice, dried flowers, mint and licorice. This is one of the more inward, introspective wine of the vintage, as it always is at Brovia. Today, the fruit lies in the background, while the wine's structural components are front and center. Readers should be prepared to give the Villero at least a few years in bottle. Drinking window: 2020-2032. 94 points

This is a gorgeous set of wines from Brovia. With the exception of the Ca' Mia, which is a bit more finessed and less powerful than usual, the wines all show plenty of site specific signatures. The 2012s were fermented in cement, with frequent pumpovers at the beginning and fewer towards the end of maceration, with a total of about 20 days on the skins. The Barolos are then moved in cask, where they spend the first year and half or so in Slavonian oak casks followed by a year in French oak casks."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/16)