Brezza Barolo 2017
Brezza Barolo 2017
In the last two decades Piedmont has become one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Keeping up with the pace of releases these days is quite a challenge, but it’s an incredibly stimulating challenge, as there is so much to discover. Interest for Barolo and Piedmont has never been higher, pandemic or not. There is plenty to like about the 2017 Barolos… ANTONIO GALLONI
Very complete and accessible from this hot vintage with an alluringly fresh aroma and fine-boned structure. JANCIS ROBINSON, MW
Located just outside the center of town and surrounded by vineyards, this is another fine maker of classic Barolos. The winery was founded in 1185 by Giacomo Brezza, and the family has owned parcels of Barolo vineyards since the end of the nineteenth century. KERIN O’KEEFE, Barolo and Barbaresco – The King and Queen of Italian Wine
Brezza are traditional Piedmontese producers, part of the Barolo hills since the late 1800s. Their name is synonymous within Barolo, family networks and knowledge run deep within the wine region – they’re cousins with the Mascarello’s (from the famed Bartolo Mascarello estate).
Their long history has given them the benefit of experience through varied conditions – cold and wet, hot and dry even wartime vintages. So, when a warm and dry vintage like 2017 came their way, they confidently turned out a supple and fresh 2017 Barolo that has won over wine critics Galloni, O’Keefe and Robinson. And it was our pick from the tasting table a few weeks back.
Brezza’s stockpile of famed vineyards is at the heart of the estate. They’ve built up a network of prime sites over the last 150 years. This Barolo is a blend of four vineyards from three crus; Barolo, Monforte and Novello. In the riper 2017 vintage, the balance from the two Barolo vineyards fleshes out the more demanding tannins from the vineyards in Monforte and Novello. It’s a lovely sum of its parts, fleshy and fresh with a guiding line of tannins.
It is made the same way as the single cru wines with a touch less maceration to dial down the tannins. The fruit is organically farmed and spends two years in large Slavonian barrels. The wines are left to spontaneously kick off fermentation and sealed with an innovative glass stopper. So while they are traditional their also open-minded and evolving in their outlook.
This is open and expressive in its youth. Drink these before you open the tightly wound 2016 vintage. It will also age for a few years in the cellar, but its oppulent and pliant nature is a joy right now. And if you buy it in a 6 pack the price comes down to $97 each – Barolo with these pedigree sub $100 is very hard to come by.
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Brezza Barolo DOCG 2017The 2017 Barolo is a beautiful entry-level Barolo. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, mint, sweet spice and rose petal are front and center. This supple, open-knit Barolo has so much to offer. This is a pretty ripe style, but then again, it is 2017. All the elements are so nicely balanced. ANTONIO GALLONI
Enticingly fragrant, this opens with aromas ripe berries, truffle and rose. Polished and savory, the palate offers raspberry, crushed strawberry and star anise set against lithe tannins. This is already enjoyable but will also offer great midterm aging potential. KERIN O'KEEFE, wineenthusiast.com2017NebbioloItaly457$120.00 As low as $108.00
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