An exotic, flashy beauty, the 2007 Barolo Rocche dei Brovia boasts gorgeous depth and raciness. This is one of the more voluptuous wines in this vertical. As always, the Rocche is the Brovia Barolo that is most marked in warmer years. The 2007 is an especially dense, racy Rocche, but it nevertheless possesses terrific overall balance, a testament to Rocche’s position as one of the truly great vineyard sites in Barolo. Hints of rose petal, mint, licorice and red stone fruits wrap around the super-expressive finish. Giacinto Brovia used to say in his 60 harvests 2007 was a vintage without precedent. It was a very relaxed harvest, adds Cristina Brovia, because it never rained. We were never forced to pick under the threat of poor weather. According to Elena Brovia Things were harder in the cellar. Sugars and alcohols were higher than normal.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032
Robert Parker 96
The 2007 Barolo Rocche emerges from the glass with freshly cut roses, sweet berries and spices. The Rocche is always the most open of Brovia’s single vineyard Baroli. In 2007 the wine has an extra dimension of textural richness that makes it incredibly appealing even at this young stage. Floral notes reappear on the silky, pure finish. This is a fabulous showing, but the wine will be even better in a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. Brovia’s 2007 Baroli are just as impressive from bottle as they were when I tasted them from barrel late last year. The straight Barolo is always the last to be bottled. I will report on that wine as soon as I have had a chance to taste it. Importer: Rosenthal Wine Merchants, Pine Plains, NY; tel. (800) 910-1990
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027