The Dynamic Duo:
2017 Brovia Barolo Villero & Rocche

Posted by Joe Salamone

Last Saturday, we offered Brovia's 2017 Brea Ca'Mia. Today, we're happy to follow up with two other Crus, Villero and Rocche.

Brovia's Villero and Rocche are two of our favorite expressions of traditional Barolo. 

photo of Piedmont Landscape

Villero is one of the top sites of Barolo’s Castiglione Falletto commune - right up there with Monprivato or Rocche di Castiglione. The vineyard faces southwest and has mostly clay soil, which gives the wines their sense of muscle, as well as their boldness and plush fruit, flower, and earth. 

Rocche is a key site for Brovia. Not only does Brovia have a very choice parcel in the vineyard, but it’s also their oldest holding and home to their oldest vines. If we were to tally up our favorite bottles of Brovia, ones from Rocche would dominate the list.

As we said last week. in Piedmont, 2017 brought a warm vintage feel to the Barolos. Just like the 2017 Ca'Mia, the Villlero and Rocche remain remarkably lifted, precise, and aromatically fascinating. They very much retain the signatures of their respective sites. 

Before closing, I should mention that the quantities available are very modest. Yields were down for Brovia in 2017. It's likely that both wines will be sold out before the end of the day. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits


2017 Barolo Villero
Special Bottle Price: $99.95

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2017 Barolo Villero is a powerful wine with a deep center of fruit and brawny tannins that wrap it all up. Dried cherry, red plum, rose petal, mint and spice abound. The Villero is a bit nervous today, then again, it is Villero. The 2017 is an eccentric wine that today appears to be lacking in freshness."

2017 Barolo Rocche
Special Bottle Price: $107.95
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2017 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is delicate and perfumed from the outset. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, cedar, mint and licorice all open in the glass. The 2017 is a classic Rocche - gracious, medium in body and super-finessed. The ripeness of the year comes through in the wine's flavor profile, but all the elements are so well balanced. The only thing missing is a bit of depth, and that leaves the finish feeling just a bit dry."