Sisters Elena and Cristina Brovia, aided by their father Giacinto, regularly produce full, muscular but ageworthy Barolo from local plots and another (Cą Mia) in Serralunga, all without the aid of small new oak barrels. Instead, large 3,000-litre French oak is used following a relatively long maceration of around 20 days. The elegance of Rocche (di Castiglione) may be contrasted with the intensity of Villero or the build of Ca’ Mia. Barriques are reserved for Dolcetto, especially the remarkable Solatio. Late-harvested, this purple, high-ethanol monster is typically deep, smooth and balanced. Scarce it is, but like those from other champions of intense Dolcetto (CA’ VIOLA, MARCARINI, G MASCARELLO, VAJRA et al) it deserves to be tasted. Barberas are good too. Through the efforts of Elena’s husband, Alex Sanchez, who hails from Cataluna, this fine range should become more widely seen.
To find out more about Braida and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide North-West Italy..
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