Brezza & Clerico Barolo 2016 Sensory Stem Giveaway
They say that every pandemic has a silver lining and this deal which has just come across my desk is very, very shiny silver indeed! Obviously, we are being offered a number of deals at the moment – some are repackaged and really not a deal at all but some are a real deal. This is most definitely one that falls into the latter category.
For a start 2016 is quite possibly the greatest Barolo vintage in the last 30 years. I have been tasting them for a couple of years from cask and most recently in bottle and there is nothing I’ve seen that has dissuaded me from the belief that anyone with any interest in Barolo should be buying whatever they can. It is a great, great year.
Secondly, this deal offers wines from two of the great producers of the Langhe hills. Domenico Clerico – now sadly passed in 2018 – was one of the most significant figures in Barolo history championing a new style of Barolo; modern in its production techniques producing a more approachable and fault free wine that effectively reintroduced the region to the world’s wine consumer and set it on a path to where it sits today as one of the most sought after areas on the wine planet. Today, the wines are less marked by modernity as gifted winemaker, Oscar Arrivabene, has eased the emphasis on new oak and breathed a new life into the wines. It was a process Clerico started before he passed away. The 2016 is an excellent example and would be a staple in any buying schedule of the 2016s.
The second Barolo comes from Brezza – a staunch traditionalist located in the heart of Barolo village and now run by the talented Enzo Brezza. The wines here draw fruit from some of the most celebrated sites in the Langhe and they are made in the traditional style – no new or small oak, longer macerations and emphasise transparency to the site and purity of the variety. The 2016 is open, super fragrant and pliant on the palate. Delicious drinking now and over the next few years.
So the deal is you buy six bottles of either wine (mixed or straight) and receive a free Roberto Conterno Sensory Stem glass valued at $150 per stem. The glass was developed by legendary Barolo producer Roberto Conterno and glass maker Zweisel Kristallglas and took over a year to perfect. He wanted to create a glass that was similar to the Zalto Burgundy glass but which would better highlight the aromatic profile of Nebbiolo in particular but was also versatie enough to be used with other varieties like riesling. Having used the glass for a few months now, I can vouch for it – beautifully balanced in the hand and the aromatics are king.