The $10,000 Cellar, Part One

Tipping the scales with $100 wines


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Fratelli Brovia

Unlike my first two choices for Barolo, I’ve had a decidedly rocky relationship with the wines of Brovia. By the early 1980s, both Mascarellos (cousins by the way) had long established track records of producing benchmark wines, but Brovia was still finding their feet. In fact it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that the wines of Brovia began their move towards the upper echelon of Barolo producers.

Today, Brovia’s Barolo, and their Rocche and C'a Mia vineyards in particular, are about as good as you can get. The prices continue to be very fair for the quality, amazingly so if you can find the wines of pre-arrival or sale. The Rocche is classic Barolo: powerful, fragrant and complex with a texture that is built on tannins and acid yet somehow gives the impression of being neither particularly tannic nor particularly acidic. That, my friends, is pinpoint balance.

Brovia Rocche $75

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  • Snooth User: JonDerry
    Hand of Snooth
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    Been waiting for the $100 and under Barolo rec's, also good to see some sub-$100 Northern Rhone suggestions...looking forward to installment II

    Apr 05, 2012 at 1:34 AM

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