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Brovia, Barolo 'Brea - Ca'Mia', 2018


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Beautiful, open and expressive Barolo from a Flatiron favorite. Ca'Mia is Brovia's only Serralunga, and it normally takes 10+ years to open up, but this 2018 already showcases its haunting beauty.


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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

Robert Parker

RP 94
"The 2018 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia is a generous, medium-bodied wine with fruit from Serralunga d’Alba. The bouquet reveals brooding tones of black fruit, tarry smoke, plum, iron ore and ferrous earth. The wine is quite elegant and polished, yet the power of the fruit (especially from this growing site) is undeniable." -Robert Parker


D 95
"Vigna Ca' Mia is in the most southeasterly part of the Brea MGA in Serralunga. Definitely the most representative wine of this 'menzione', the wine is very pale ruby in colour with an intense aroma of violet and red currants which then opens up to reveal sweet, exotic spices with touches of linden tree and camphor depth. This interpretation exhibits elegant tannins, between chalk and dust in terms of texture, with crisp acidity and a good, slightly bitter finish which imparts character and length to the wine."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 98
"Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this beauty opens with heady scents of woodland berry, new leather, violet, spice and the barest whiff of truffle. The full-bodied, delicious palate features juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and baking spice before a long licorice close. Bright acidity and taut but ultrarefined tannins provide seamless support."


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  • Style

    Earthy , Rich , Tannic

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  • Body

    Full Bodied

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