2016 Azienda Agricola Brezza Giacomo e Figli Barolo


This wine is a beautiful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from Barolo. It has an aromatic nose full of dried red fruit, cigar box, leather, tea and wild rose. The palate has a firm structure, good minerality & acid and fine-grained tannins. This wine is ready to drink now but also has definite potential for aging.

Allow at least 30 minutes for the wine to breathe.

Pair with Rigatoni with Calabrese-Style Pork Ragù, Mushroom Risotto, or Comté Cheese!

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  • WE 95

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Italy’s best kept treasure. Nebbiolo produces some of the greatest wines in the world, but is hardly planted outside of its home country. Famous to Italy’s Piedmont region, look for these twin stars that are 100% Nebbiolo: Barolo and Barbaresco. This renowned grape produces glorious red wine containing complex flavors with high acid and tannin, allowing these babies (in the right hands) to age for years to come. Grab yourself a bottle, or three, and see for yourself what these wines can do!

Barolo, Italy

You’ll often hear Barolo associated with some of Italy’s greatest wines. This is because the wine here is grown at altitudes with south-facing slopes (towards the sunlight) allowing the grapes to ripen slowly developing perfumed aromas, sour cherries, herbs, and floral characteristics. Barolo’s are infamous for being the biggest and boldest of the black variety Nebbiolo. In the best years, Barolo will develop high acidity and high tannin with a full body and the potential to continue to develop its characteristics within the bottle. Many Barolo’s will actually benefit in complexity and structure from further bottle aging. These wines can be sourced from different villages or purely from one village, which would then be stated on the label. The best wines here will come from a single-named vineyard or “cru.” In Barolo DOCG, the primary designated area, the wine must be made entirely from the Nebbiolo grape, spend 18 months in oak, and aged for three years before release. 

The Brezza family has owned  and operated their winery and vineyards since 1885. The property has taken its name from Giacomo Brezza, who with his father Antonio had produced their first bottle in 1910.

“Proprietors of tradition for 4 generations, we believe that the best way to represent the uniqueness of our terroir in our wines is to stay in constant harmony with the land and its fruits. Our philosophy is to produce mono-varietal wines and to take more care to better their health of the vineyard.”

The family is practicing organic viticulture and uses green manure which enhances the vitality of the soil. In fact, some of their 70+ year old vineyards are still producing healthy grapes. They harvest all of their vineyards by hand and let the wine go through spontaneous fermentation from the natural yeasts (both alcoholic and malolactic) and are aged traditionally in large, 3,000 liter Slavonian oak casks that are not toasted. All the wines that spend time in the oak are unfined and unfiltered.

Location: Towns of Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, and Novello

Altitude: 300m

Trellising: Vertical Canopy

Pruning system: Traditional Guyot

Exposure: A Mix of East and West

Plant Density: 3,700 Plants per Hectare

Soil structure: Clay-Silt, Sand, Silt


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