Giuseppe Bologna was a wheelwright by trade. He owned a large Barbera vineyard at Rocchetta Tanaro and made a little wine for himself and his friends. Giuseppe’s son Giacomo inherited the vineyard and his father’s nickname, Braida, which he gave to the vineyard. In 1982, after a study tour of Californian wineries, Giacomo drastically decreased his harvests and began to make wine in small barrels. This gave Barbera, low in tannin and rich in acids, a more complex and elegant structure. Giacomo Bologna’s love of the land, wine and life produced a superb Barbera. Barbera had previously been used for cheap local wine and was catapulted into the arena of great wines known all over the world.
Bricco dell'Uccellone is Braida's flagship wine. L’Uccellone was the nickname of a woman who lived on the hill where the vineyards were located. Her nose looked like a bird’s beak and she always wore black, and this is how she got her nickname in the village.
Made with 100% Barbera grapes grown in estate-owned vineyards in Rocchetta Tanaro.
Very deep ruby red colour with garnet highlights. Rich and complex bouquet with outstanding concentration and density; scents of red berries and forest fruits are particularly evident, with a background of minty spices, vanilla and liquorice. Generous flavour with excellent body and remarkable structure, a perfect combination of the characteristics of the grape and the contribution of wood, resulting in refined smoothness and class, with a very long aromatic persistence.
Deep, saturated red/purple hue, with a slightly shy, subdued bouquet which shows some dried herb, savoury oak and subtle spice notes. There are Campari-like bitter herb notes building, but they're reserved at this stage. The wine is concentrated, rich, fruit-sweet and delicious, loaded with bitter herb flavours and unmistakeably Italian. Concentrated, lush and utterly disarming. It just needs more time to develop its bouquet. Outstanding wine. Drink: 2021-2036; Price: $199.00; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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