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Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2010

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"From one of the best sites in Barolo, this intense wine opens with a multi-dimensional fragrance of crushed flower, new leather, earth, incense, spice and black cherry. The vibrant, spicy palate delivers red berry accented with notes of black pepper, cinnamon spice, licorice and clove. Bold but noble tannins and brisk acidity promise fantastic aging potential...97." WE 10/14 "Dark cherries, pine, menthol, licorice, smoke and underbrush all take shape in the 2010 Barolo Sarmassa. The darkest and most imposing of the Brezza Barolos, the Sarmassa is backed up by firm tannins that ensure the wine will drink well for a number of years. This is the most tightly wound of the Brezza 2010s, so it will require a bit of patience. This is a deep and deeply satisfying Barolo from Enzo Brezza. In 2010, Brezza did not produce his top Barolo, Bricco Sarmassa. All the best fruit went into the straight Sarmassa...95" AG 01/14

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E. Pira & Figli:
Pira is an old family of viticolturists that -between the end of '800 and the beginning of '900- became wine-producers. This prosperous patrirachal family unit declined as all its male components started to die young one after another, until the tragic end of Luigi Pira, a noble man who believed in the importance of traditions: the last one to tread the grapes and to make wine without mechanica... Read more
Pira is an old family of viticolturists that -between the end of '800 and the beginning of '900- became wine-producers. This prosperous patrirachal family unit declined as all its male components started to die young one after another, until the tragic end of Luigi Pira, a noble man who believed in the importance of traditions: the last one to tread the grapes and to make wine without mechanical devices. About a year after his death, his sisters, who couldn't manage the family business but were willing to carry on the tradition, sold the farm to their old friends family Boschis. Now Chiara Boschis, after a degree in Economics, manages the farm following her passion for wine and believing in this "great small farm". The output is still very small (about 12.000 bottles each year) and the wine is exclusively made from grapes grown in our vineyard ( about two and a half hectares located in Connubi, one of the best vineyards in Barolo). Read less

Editorial Reviews for Brezza Barolo Sarmassa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.50 5
07/13/2014

Blended Bricco Sarmassa back in this vintage Big aromatic herb grasses on the nose blend with deep burnished fruit, prune in alcohol and deep burnished burnt spice. Deeper and more powerful on the palate with gorgeous dark cherry fruit that is precise and well defined with an added bit of power and ripe tannins. This is a bit dark in the mouth, though the texture is bright and almost drinkable already with a bit of chewy tannin and a fine astringent edge on the long finish. It lacks the chiseled feel and complexity of the Cannubi but packs in more fruit and a richer texture. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/30/2010

Smoky, wild red berry fruit, agrumi rind, almost grapefruit, fresh, quince, sour and raw-smelling in a good way. Soil tones, fresh, clean, a touch astringent, clean, very fresh fruit-driven with wonderful herbal accents. Bright, transparent and faceted in the mouth, refreshing, elegant and well balanced, clean, long bracing finish. (92-94pts)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.50 5
Vintage: 1989 11/02/2009

This possessed superb aromatics with very clear notes of astringent red fruits, limestone, tobacco, and nuanced notes of spice, wood and flowers it was simply a classic expression of Barolo with just a hint of oak. In the mouth this was sweet and packed with ripe, juicy raspberry fruit supported by fine tannins that lend this a fleshy, rich feel. Altogether likable in a rather enthusiastic style the palate doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of the nose, but this is still fun to drink and very satisfying 2009-2024 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.00 5
Vintage: 1979 03/12/2014

At decanting: sweet cherry/strawberry fruit, clay, bramble, lovely intensity Showing a lovely nose, rich with burnished fruit, intense and perfumed, this smells like tar and rosewater, with hints of gunpowder, mint, and black cherry. Classic, a superb if subtle nose. Soft on entry with lovely richness and good depth, this is lively and beautifully fruited, if a touch lean. Still succulent and mineral, it’s a lovely wine, this is a bit past peak, but still totally enjoyable. In its prime this must have been a beauty! 89pts


Member Reviews for Brezza Barolo Sarmassa

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.70 5
07/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: whiterabbit
148935271
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 03/22/2009

needs at least 2 hours to open up.


Snooth User: whiterabbit
148935271
4.00 5
Vintage: 1994 03/22/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,712
3.50 5
Vintage: 1989 01/01/2010

Nose has sweet shop candied fruit with hazelnut. Lot's of cherry too. The palate is full with dark cherry, clove and spice. Nice finish of red fruit. A really great wine, just wish I could find some for sale.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,330
4.50 5
Vintage: 1979 03/12/2014

Four and a half glasses



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"From one of the best sites in Barolo, this intense wine opens with a multi-dimensional fragrance of crushed flower, new leather, earth, incense, spice and black cherry. The vibrant, spicy palate delivers red berry accented with notes of black pepper, cinnamon spice, licorice and clove. Bold but noble tannins and brisk acidity promise fantastic aging potential...97." WE 10/14 "Dark cherries, pine, menthol, licorice, smoke and underbrush all take shape in the 2010 Barolo Sarmassa. The darkest and most imposing of the Brezza Barolos, the Sarmassa is backed up by firm tannins that ensure the wine will drink well for a number of years. This is the most tightly wound of the Brezza 2010s, so it will require a bit of patience. This is a deep and deeply satisfying Barolo from Enzo Brezza. In 2010, Brezza did not produce his top Barolo, Bricco Sarmassa. All the best fruit went into the straight Sarmassa...95" AG 01/14

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