1999 Brezza Barolo

Me and my wife visited Piemonte in 2008, traveling through the Langhe area. In the village of Barolo, the picturesque Brezza winery is located hosting a terrific restaurant as well as producing a high-quality range of wines.

The Brezzas have vineyards in a number of different areas in the Langhe, but the majority are located in Barolo in the crus of Cannubi, Sarmassa, Bricco Sarmassa and Castellero. I bought a bunch a bottles when visiting the winery, and their prices are highly competitive. To my knowledge, the Brezza wines have not been on sale in Sweden.

The 1999 Brezza Barolo Cannubi is magnificent. I wish I had another couple of cases of mature Barolo, ’cause this is just amazing stuff. It only set me back for about €28. Tobacco, asphalt and black cherries on the nose. It is slightly floral with sensations of roses and undergrowth and has a very deep and expressive scent. Terracotta-coloured as can be expected from thirteen-year old Nebbiolo grapes.

It still displays a good grip and could certainly be stored for another five years without losing its structure. The tannins are perfectly balanced and it tastes of tobacco, dark fruit and cinnamon. Very dense with a medium body and a long finish. Intense and complex. 93p.

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