Brovia Barbera d'Alba Ciabot del Fi 2019
Farming Barbera in Barolo territory should be a losing game. When every square inch of vine represents potential income, why focus on a wine that will consistently retail for less than all-powerful Barolo? Especially when it's a wine plagued by the "simple jug wine" stereotype, like Barbera.
Whatever their reasons, we're glad that the Brovia family hasn't ripped out their Barbera vines in favor of Nebbiolo. This Barbera from a small plot in the Serralunga d'Alba crushes crushes the nasty stereotype as it rolls over the palate with a juicy intensity that would make a bottle of Barolo blush. Sour cherry and strawberry pie aromatics break over notes of savory burnt rosemary, incense, and black tea. The wine, a dark, tooth-staining purple, is surprisingly nimble and deceptively powerful.
Not much of this stuff is made, so when we get it in, you better believe we get excited about it. Brovia Barolo retails for a significantly higher sum, so this is an opportunity to taste the work of masterful winemakers for a fraction of the price. Snag a bottle today before all the Italian wine lovers take note.