Azienda Agricola Brezza Giacomo e Figli - Barolo 2018
The Brezza Family has been making wine and farming vineyards in Barolo since 1885. Enzo is the fourth generation of his family to lead the estate, where they have an enviable holding of vineyards in Barolo including the Cru sites of Castellero, Sarmassa and the famous Cannubi. All of Brezza’s grapes are grown organically and hand-harvested. In the cellar, only native yeasts are used for fermentation and the wines undergo long macerations and extended aging in large Slavonian oak botti. All of their Barolos are made with the same vinification techniques in order to showcase the differences of terroir in each vintage. Enzo may be firmly rooted in tradition, but his knowledge as an oenologist allows him to craft traditional wines that are clean, precise and among the best in Barolo.
Regarding the 2018 Vintage in Barolo
The 2018 vintage in Barolo was categorized by an extremely wet spring and long, hot summer without heat spikes (which, crucially, did not stress the vines) and cool evenings to preserve freshness. The wines are elegant and fresh; delicious on release with soft, lush tannins and vibrant fruit flavors.
The 2018 Brezza Barolo is a blend of grapes from the estate's vineyards in Barolo, Monforte d'Alba, and Novello grown on a mix of clay-silt, sand, and silt soils. In the glass, the wine displays a beautiful translucent ruby color with a clear, tawny rim. Gorgeous aromas of fresh cherry, red plum, savory herbs and anise waft from the glass when first poured. However, after some aeration and time in the glass the aromas blossom into a complex mix of perfumed red fruits, balsamic notes and potpourri. The palate is elegant and refined with an abundance of soft, velveteen tannins and lively acidity which coat the lovely fruit flavors as they coast into a long, concentrated finish that leaves you surprisingly refreshed. It never ceases to amaze me the quality and value Enzo delivers in all his wines, and the 2018 Barolo is no exception. One thing that is great about the wine is its drinkability; you can open the bottle tonight and it will provide immediate enjoyment. Otherwise, stash some in your cellar to enjoy over the next 5 years.