Braida Montebruna Barbera 2018

Braida Montebruna Barbera 2018

  • Barbera
  • Italy, 750ml

Dreamlike Barbera from a world-famous vineyard, complex aromas of dark red, plump, juicy cherries, finest spices and black forest berries on the nose. In the mouth polished, dense, enormous amounts of glycerine and sweetish fruit, present but silky tannins, finely enclosed by the fruit, finesse-rich, persistent, first-class acidity.

  • Winery: Braida
  • Varietal: 100% Barbera
  • Region: Rocheta Tanaro, Italy
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Food match: Pasta dishes, red and white meats, cheeses and cured meats

"With a beautifully saturated dark colour and lots of generous cherry and blackberry, there's a lot packed into this bottle of Braida 2018 Barbera d'Asti Montebruna. The fruit is plump, succulent and packed tight. Montebruna is distinguished by its bright acidity and you get lots of that here too. This is always a terrific wine." Robert Parker

"Braida’s story is linked to that of Rocchetta Tanaro, a small town in the Monferrato area. “My village is not a surprise, it is ten vineyards, six houses, one church“: these are the words of the chansonnier Paolo Frola, who is also the local GP in Rocchetta. The song was written with Gianni Mura, drinking the Barbera of Rocchetta. Some of the ten vineyards in Frola’s song belong to Braida. They were owned by grandfather Giuseppe, who left them to his son Giacomo, and now they are cultivated by Giuseppe and Raffaella Bologna. The estate is the product of the enthusiasm, passion and entrepreneurial courage of a bona fide Rocchettese, Giacomo Bologna.

“Braida” was the nickname that Giacomo’s father, Giuseppe Bologna, a professional carter, had earned himself by playing handball, because of his resemblance to the champion of this sport. Along with his father’s nickname Giacomo also inherited his love of the sport and of horses, and a large Barbera vineyard on the Rocchetta hills.

1961 was the date of the first harvest of the lively Barbera del Monferrato, “La Monella”, which Giacomo Bologna decided to bottle. In 1969 Giacomo presented his wine at the Douja d’Or National Wine Competition in Asti, winning the gold medal, which allowed him to participate free of charge in the wine fairs of Genoa, Turin and Milan, where he shared his thoughts on Barbera with other winemakers.

From the beginning of 1982, Giacomo began to experiment with his innovative idea of pairing Barbera with the barrique: the vintage was exceptional; when the wine, Bricco dell’Uccellone, came out of the barrique, Californian oenologist André Tchelistcheff came to Italy and approved it, decreeing its success. Two other Barbera wines were born in those years in the Rocchetta Tanaro cellar: Bricco della Bigotta in 1985 and Ai Suma, obtained from a late grape harvest (end of October) in 1989. The three Braida reserves are made in the best vintages only.

In 1988, the family bought the Serra dei Fiori estate in Trezzo Tinella, running it together with brothers Renzo and Valerio Giacosa. With the help of Roberto Macaluso, professor of viticulture and oenology, friend and promoter of the defence of native grapes, they planted white varieties, including Nascetta, launching the Braida white wine project.

1990 - Ai Suma was the last jewel to be created by Giacomo Bologna, who died on Christmas Day 1990. Raffaella and Giuseppe Bologna, with their mother Anna Martinengo, then took over the management of the company, continuing o pursue Giacomo’s great dream, innovating and investing at the same time.

1994 - The first vintage of Il Bacialè, a project by Giuseppe Bologna that marries the family’s great love, Barbera, with Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, dates back to 1994.

2001 - Another important union successfully created by Giuseppe Bologna is that of the many plots of land that now make up the extensive vineyard of Montebruna: the first Montebruna Barbera was harvested in 2001." Braida

  • 92/100 Points - Rober Parker (2018 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - Veronelli (2018 vintage)
  • 4/5 Grapes - Bibenda (2018 vintage)
  • 2/3 Glasses & Finalist - Gambero Rosso (2018 vintage)
  • Sigillo Rosso - The Wine Hunter Award (2017 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - The Wine Spectator (2016 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - James Suckling (2016 vintage)
  • Sigillo Gold - The Wine Hunter Award (2016 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - The Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
  • 90/100 Points - The Wine Spectator (2015 vintage)
  • Rosso - The Wine Hunter Award (2015 vintage)
  • Bronze - Texsom International Wine Awards (2015 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - The Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - The Wine Advocate (2013 vintage)
  • 88/100 Points - The Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - James Suckling (2012 vintage)

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