The greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted - 2010 Brovia Barolo Villero & Ca' Mia

Posted by Joe Salamone

Benchmark Vintage:
Some of the Finest Traditional Barolos
2010 Brovia Barolo Villero
& Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia

"Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted" -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

When you start tasting through 2010 Barolos, there's just no denying how impressive the vintage is.

The wines are just so clear, fine and nuanced. Galloni really captures the vintage when he writes that the wines are "transparent, vibrant Barolos that pulsate with tension, crystalline purity and site-specific nuance."

We're really happy to offer two of Brovia's top 2010 Barolos: Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia and Villero, both for $86.95 per bottle and $79.95 in mixed 6-packs.

Over the years, we've had many really impressive bottles of Brovia from the 70s and 80s. They have always been deeply soulful Barolos that we buy and cellar the wines almost every vintage.

Over the past 5-7 years, however, Brovia has really stepped up their game. They've always had great sites and have worked carefully, in a traditional manner. However, in recent years Brovia has joined the shortlist of Piedmont's best. Unsurprisingly, 2010 establishes without a doubt that Brovia is making some of the finest traditional Barolos around.

For the value that they offer at their elite level, Brovia's 2010s aren't to be missed.

The Brovia style isn't shy on power, but what makes them so impressive is their finesse and their nuance. They lead with red fruits, but the backdrop is a kaleidoscopic mix of earth, herb and flower. In 2010, the wines offer so much precision, soil tones and overall length and harmony.

2010 is an ideal vintage to get a sense of the beating soul of Brovia's old vine holdings in some of the Barolo's top Crus. The Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia offers a richer, more layered earthy, darker, truffle-y side. It pulls this off with regal lift and elegance. Villero is powerful, for sure, but compared to Ca' Mia it's brighter, more pointed in its elegance and has silkier tannins.

There's an enormous amount of excitement over the 2010 vintage in Barolo. This combined with lower yields has made the wines very limited. I haven't seen Barolos available in such small quantities. I'm very happy to offer these two stunning wines from Brovia, but I have to mention that there's simply not much wine to go around.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2010 Brovia Barolo Villero & Ca' Mia

Barolo Villero
Special Email Bottle Price: $86.95
Antonio Galloni: "Brovia's 2010 Barolo Villero wraps around the palate with dark red cherries, plums, spices, menthol, new leather and licorice. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders. Today the Villero is remarkably open, which is unusual for this wine. This early tasting provides a clue of what will develop over the next few years, and that is all hugely positive. Cloves, mocha and black fruit all add gravitas on the finish. Today the Villero seems to bring together the finesse of the Rocche and weight of the Ca' Mia. What a thrill it is to catch the Villero at this expressive stage in its development. A huge, creamy, totally voluptuous finish is full of appeal and pure sexiness."

Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia
Special Email Bottle Price: $86.95
Antonio Galloni: "Smoke, tar, earthiness and licorice add gorgeous dimensions of complexity in the 2010 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia. Here, too, the flavors are remarkably bright and focused. The dark, brooding notes of Serralunga are very much present, but the 2010 impresses for its pure balance, harmony and class. Dried rose petals, spices, licorice and game add complexity on a huge finish supported by big, incisive tannins. This is another utterly vivid, dazzling Barolo from Brovia. Here, too, readers will note a slight name change."

Special Mixed Email 6-Pack Price: $479.70 (3 of each at $79.95/btl)