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Brovia, Nebbiolo d’Alba, “Valmaggione” Piedmont, Italy 2011


Winter has officially arrived here in California—temperatures are dropping, there is waist-deep snow in the Sierras, and almost every night I catch myself craving hearty cuisine and robust, meaty red wines. More often than not, this impulse leads me to a bottle of Nebbiolo. And while this isn’t the first time that I’ve expressed my affinity for Nebbiolo from Barolo’s Brovia family, it might be the most memorable. I was simply blown away by this wine last night as it was easily one of the most expressive and three dimensional Italian reds I’ve enjoyed all year. I think I have finally found my go-to winter red for the year.


The Brovia family estate was founded in the 1860s and is widely recognized as one of the region’s modern classics. Its reputation is supported by an impressive collection of parcels in Barolo sub-villages, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. Still, today’s wine originates from a more obscure site. The Valmaggiore vineyard lies in the small village of Vezza d’Alba, which is 30 minutes north of Barolo, and considerably cooler and higher in elevation. Valmaggiore is an extraordinarily steep and sandy vineyard which makes it a challenge to farm and maintain. However, the effort is worthwhile—this is one of the most respected non-Barolo/Barbaresco Nebbiolo vineyards in Piedmont, with a reputation for producing timeless wines with unique character. 

This wine is also unique in Brovia’s nebbiolo pantheon in that it spends no time in oak barrels.  The combination of cooler climate, higher elevation, and a light touch in the cellar creates a wine of jaw dropping purity—it expresses variety, vintage and terroir; not cellar technique. Finally, I should mention that the Brovia family makes very very little of this release. There are roughly 200 cases bottled each vintage, less than half of which makes it to the US. We recently purchased the last 22 cases (3 of which went directly to my cellar) in the US and are thrilled to offer you them today.    

The 2011 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Valmaggione” looks just like it tastes. It is concentrated, with a deep crimson center. As with all authentic young Nebbiolo, there is a slight orange tint to the rim, but otherwise this is an obviously young and fresh wine. On the nose, it possesses a gorgeous blend of black and red fruits, violets, rose petals, crushed rock and pipe tobacco. On the palate, it is everything I want from young drinking Nebbiolo—deep black cherry fruit, mouthwatering tannins, and an endless, echoing finish. I love Nebbiolo with beef, so after decanting for 30 minutes I served it in a large Burgundy stem alongside a seared ribeye last night. This very special wine paired perfectly with the melting, marbled beef. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a winter night.

***PLEASE NOTE:  OUR SHIPPER WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PICKUPS OR DELIVERIES FROM 12/22/14 TO 01/05/14. ALL WINES ORDERED TODAY WILL BE SHIPPED AFTER JANUARY 5TH.***
The Brovia family estate was founded in the 1860s and is widely recognized as one of the region’s modern classics. Its reputation is supported by an impressive collection of parcels in Barolo sub-villages, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. Still, today’s wine originates from a more obscure site. The Valmaggiore vineyard lies in the small village of Vezza d’Alba, which is 30 minutes north of Barolo, and considerably cooler and higher in elevation. Valmaggiore is an extraordinarily steep and sandy vineyard which makes it a challenge to farm and maintain. However, the effort is worthwhile—this is one of the most respected non-Barolo/Barbaresco Nebbiolo vineyards in Piedmont, with a reputation for producing timeless wines with unique character. 

This wine is also unique in Brovia’s nebbiolo pantheon in that it spends no time in oak barrels.  The combination of cooler climate, higher elevation, and a light touch in the cellar creates a wine of jaw dropping purity—it expresses variety, vintage and terroir; not cellar technique. Finally, I should mention that the Brovia family makes very very little of this release. There are roughly 200 cases bottled each vintage, less than half of which makes it to the US. We recently purchased the last 22 cases (3 of which went directly to my cellar) in the US and are thrilled to offer you them today.    

The 2011 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Valmaggione” looks just like it tastes. It is concentrated, with a deep crimson center. As with all authentic young Nebbiolo, there is a slight orange tint to the rim, but otherwise this is an obviously young and fresh wine. On the nose, it possesses a gorgeous blend of black and red fruits, violets, rose petals, crushed rock and pipe tobacco. On the palate, it is everything I want from young drinking Nebbiolo—deep black cherry fruit, mouthwatering tannins, and an endless, echoing finish. I love Nebbiolo with beef, so after decanting for 30 minutes I served it in a large Burgundy stem alongside a seared ribeye last night. This very special wine paired perfectly with the melting, marbled beef. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a winter night.

***PLEASE NOTE:  OUR SHIPPER WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PICKUPS OR DELIVERIES FROM 12/22/14 TO 01/05/14. ALL WINES ORDERED TODAY WILL BE SHIPPED AFTER JANUARY 5TH.***





Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-Region Langhe
Varietal Nebbiolo
Production ~200 cases
Alcohol 14%
Oak None
Soil Calcarious Clay and Sand
Farming Organic
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-Region Langhe
Varietal Nebbiolo
Production ~200 cases
Alcohol 14%
Oak None
Soil Calcarious Clay and Sand
Farming Organic
SommSelect: Brovia, Nebbiolo d’Alba, “Valmaggione” Piedmont, Italy 2011 - SommSelect SommSelect: Brovia, Nebbiolo d’Alba, “Valmaggione” Piedmont, Italy 2011 - SommSelect

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