The 2011 Barolo is sumptuous and expressive, with all of the immediacy that is so typical of the year. Dark red cherry, plums, hard candy, spice and tobacco are all woven into a layered finish graced with soft contours and fabulous overall balance for a straight Barolo. As Brovia fans know, the straight Barolo is 70% young-vine fruit from Brea (above 20 years of age), plus the wine that is left over when the single-vineyard Barolos go into cask.
90-92 -- Antonio Galloni
Brovia employ the ‘Australian technique’ of using header boards to push down the grapes during the ferment and maceration process, and then pressings are generally not used, unusually. Spends an extended time in big format wood following. Great volume of floral perfume, red berries, maraschino cherries, clove and cinnamon spice, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, leather. Lots going on in perfume. Smells great. Crispness to texture, stains the palate with fruit, gets spicy then a firm tug of tannins. Back palate is all dry and dusty in the best way. Drink a long way into the future. 93+ Points Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au