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2009 Brovia Garblet Sue Barolo
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- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Spaniard Alex Sanchez entered into the world of Barolo is by marriage, but his story fits seamlessly into the tale of father-and-son succession that drives this storied wine region. Brovia was founded in 1863 by grandfather Giacinto Brovia who left the property to his son Antonio. The heir died prematurely and the winery ceased to function for 20 years until Antonio’s son (named Giacinto after his grandfather) was able to restart the legacy. One of Giacinto’s two daughters, Elena, was next to take the baton. Her husband, MBA graduate Alex Sanchez, was quickly folded into the fray and has since become the soul of the estate.
The 2009 Barolo Garblet Sue’ raises the ante with little more spice and up-front fruit, dark herbs, blue flower, hazelnut and wet underbrush. The wine does a great job of mirroring its territory in terms of aromas, but again, it needs a little more momentum in the mouth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2020.
Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate
Medium red. Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir.
Stephen Tanzer - Vinous