Brovia, Barolo Brea Ca' Mia, 2015 (1.5L)

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A magnum of Brea Ca'Mia is true grandness in a large bottle! Ca'Mia soars with red-fruited energy and then it sneaks up on you with its Serralunga power.
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Neal Rosenthal has worked with the Brovias for decades, since he imported the 1978, one of the great years of the last half century for sure.

The farming here by the Brovia sisters Cristina & Elena and Elena's husband, Alex, is natural, using zero chemicals in the vineyard. This approach continues in the cellar where the indigenous-yeast fermentations in old, glass-lined concrete tanks took about a month this vintage. Always a pretty old-fashioned house, Brovia has recommitted to more traditional elevage. In 2008 they reintroduced large Slavonian casks for the first 18 months of aging, followed by another year and a half in French oak (previously, the wood was all French; both are 30hL).

But the best part is the family's vineyards. With holdings in Altenasso (Garblèt Sue'), Villero, and Rocche di Castiglione, Brovia underscores Castiglione Falletto's crossroads nature. Standing at the meeting point of Serralunga's Helvetian limestone soils of in the east and the sandier Tortonian ones to the west, CF vineyards vary enormously, and Brovia's bottlings offer a unique annual survey of what's happening in the zone.

And, as if that weren't enough, there are the vines in Serralunga at Brea, a cru that was featured in Renato Ratti's famous '70s-era map of Barolo's top sites, but which fell off collectors' radar for many decades. Preeminent cartographer and Barolo expert Alessandro Masnaghetti credits the Brovias with returning Brea to its former high regard.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"The 2015 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Black cherry, plum, espresso, sage, menthol, licorice and leather are all kicked up a few notches in a decidedly dark, strapping Barolo that screams with Serralunga character. Exotic, dark and totally alluring, the 2015 has a very bright future, but readers should be prepared to be patient, as the tannins clearly need time to soften."

What Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Brovia’s lone Barolo from the neighboring township of Serralunga d’Alba, “Ca’Mia” is sourced from the best and oldest part of the family’s holding in the centrally located cru of Brea. The Nebbiolo for “Ca’Mia” was planted in 1955 on a southeast-exposed part of the cru at 350 meters altitude, and Brea’s limestone-dominated soils—in contrast to the generally sandier soils of Castiglione Falletto—yield a Barolo of boisterous and unabashed lushness. If “Rocche” is regal and poised, and “Villero” stern and brooding, then “Ca’Mia” is pure extroversion—the kind of wine that can’t be ignored. The 2015 is a tour de force, showing great nuance and focus beneath its rush of dark, spice-drenched fruit and stony power. Its tannins, while fresh, are potent and plentiful, and the wine certainly needs time for its neutron-star density to relent.

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Piedmont

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    1.5L

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Pair With

    Drink with Red Meat

  • Style

    Aromatic , Elegant , Tannic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied