Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2010
"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
Editorial Reviews for Brezza Barolo Sarmassa
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
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)
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
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
Four and a half glasses
needs at least 2 hours to open up.
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.
Four and a half glasses