Brezza is a private estate in Barolo township that includes both a winery and a restaurant. It was established in 1885 by Giacomo Brezza and his father Antonio, who bottled and released their first wine in 1910. It is now run by the fourth generation, and while it has modernised certain aspects of production - such as hand-destemming of grapes and temperature controlled fermentation - the house maintains a sense of tradition. This is evident not only in elements of the presentation and branding but also in the careful use of predominantly ‘classical’ techniques, such as aging wines in large 30hl casks of Slovenian oak. This careful traditionalism does not compromise the quality of their results, however. In fact, many would argue it enhances them, especially since modern Barolo values favour vineyard expression above all. And as owners of such prized local Crus as Cannubi and Sarmassa it is has been Brezza’s policy, for more than a century, to let their vineyards themselves do the talking.
What The Critics Say
91+ /100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)
"Brezza's 2012 Barolo Cannubi opens with beguiling, captivating aromatics. Mediterranean herbs, licorice, anise, smoke, game and red stone fruits abound. Mysterious and constantly changing in the glass, the 2012 appears to hold significant potential. A closing blast of tannin gives energy to the red fleshed fruit, rose petal, mint and sweet spice notes. The pedigree and elegance of Cannubi come through in a Barolo that melds together power and finesse, although readers will have to wait a few years to catch the 2012 at its very best." Drink 2022 - 2042
17+/20 JancisRobison.com, Walter Speller (2012 vintage)
"Pale ruby with broad rim. Savoury and compact on the nose at this stage. There is some fine fruit hiding underneath. Perfumed red fruit comes out with aeration. Fantastic muscular, compact tannins demanding more time in the bottle. Serious stuff. Ripe fruit on the finish and almost lithe." Drink 2018 - 2034
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