briada montebruna barbera d'asti 2020 750ml
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The winery's story begins with the nickname "Braida", a name acquired by Giuseppe Bologna who played "fistball", a traditional Piedmont sport, on town and church squares. Giuseppe "Braida" Bologna, a wheelwright by profession, owned a large Barbera vineyard in Rocchetta Tanaro and produced wine for his own and the friend’s consumption. His son Giacomo inherited the vineyard as well as the nickname, which he gave to the winery. Thanks to Giacomo Bologna’s incredible personality and his love for the land, wine and life, he finally achieved his goal of producing superb Barbera at Rocchetta Tanaro. The Barbera grape which was traditionally vinified into a simple acidic wine was thereby lifted to a wine of world-class.
Montebruna is a Barbera d'Asti DOCG made with 100% Barbera grapes grown in an estate-owned vineyard in Rochetta Tanaro. The wine must spends two weeks in temperature-controlled steel tanks, where it ferments, and is then transferred to large oak barrels to age for a year. Purplish ruby red color. Very evident scents of ripe cherry and red berries. The flavor is deep, full and harmonious, with a persistent finish that lingers on the palate, ending with a hint of almond. Excellent, balanced, fragrant and very easy to drink, it accompanies pasta dishes, red and white meats, cheeses, and cured meats.
WE92, Wine Enthusiast
"This wine opens with aromas of black cherry both fresh and macerated, giving way to wildflowers, savory spice and wild herbs. The palate is concentrated with lush ripe red and blackberries, cola and sweet spice. Round and fleshy, the wine is balanced with the natural acidity of the Barbera itself. Drink now–2035."
RP91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2020 Barbera d'Asti Montebruna is a plump and rich red with ripe berry notes, toasted spice, cinnamon and grilled Mediterranean herb. Despite the heft and brawn of this wine, the mouthfeel is pushed along by fresh acidity and a powerful 15% alcohol content. This is perfect companion to a meal heavy in cheese or cream."
JS91, James Suckling
"Aromas of cherry chocolate, dark licorice, hints of bark and moist earth. Full-bodied with velvety, supple tannin structure and some chalky texture in the finish. Juicy and flavorful."
WS90, Wine Spectator
"Smooth and permeated with cherry, blackberry and earth flavors, this red is fleshy from beginning to end. Reveals almond and spice accents on the finish, along with light tannins."