A bastion of traditionally made wines, Barolo lovers know that there are fewer surer bets than the wines of Enzo Brezza and this Sarmassa Barolo 2010 doesn't disappoint.
Decanter average score: 95
Besides outstanding Freisa, Dolcetto and Barbera wines, Brezza’s different, site-specific Barolos are standardbearers for Nebbiolo and the DOCG. This Sarmassa from the Barolo 2010 vintage is the biggest and fleshiest, given the cru’s warmer microclimate and higher clay content – in better vintages a Bricco Sarmassa bottling is also made from the best situated vines – neatly distinguishing it from Brezza’s Cannubi Barolo (sleeker due to a higher sand content in the soil) and the Castellero Barolo which falls stylistically between.
Ian D’Agata says: Bright penetrating aromas of red cherry and bergamot. Mounting tannins will require patience before broaching, but this is a promising, well-balanced wine.
Michael Garner says: Broad, fresh, ripe and rosy. Sweet berry fruit with rose and mint perfumes. Fresh, ripe and round with mouthwatering acidity. Very good structure with firm but ripe tannins. Perfumed, floral finish.
Emily O’Hare says: Beautiful, expressive and fine tannins, aromatics and flavours. Medium-bodied, high-arching palate. Excellent.
Price: £36.67-£43.26 Fine & Rare, Millésima, The Winemakers Club
Brezza’s Sarmassa Barolo is made from a 2.5 hectares of vines on an altitude of 300m above sea level. The overall Brezza estate comprises 22 hectares with 16ha under vine. Some vineyards date back to 1885.