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.
It took 35 legal documents and seven years to bring together the numerous parcels of land that make up Montebruna, a property with outstanding oenological value. Montebruna is a wine that speaks of its land. The vineyards are located in Rocchetta Tanaro, a narrow hilltop ridge just outside of Asti. In contrast to nearby Barolo and Barbaresco, this area is characterised by patches of dense, misty forest and grassy hillsides. The texture of the soil, which is on the heavier side, produces wines which are intensely aromatic with slightly savoury flavour characteristics. This wine has distinctive aromas of black cherries, smoke and earth, and the palate is lush with black fruit, spice and minerality.
Montebruna is a Barbera d’Asti DOCG made with 100% Barbera grapes grown in an estate-owned vineyard in Rochetta Tanaro.
Purplish ruby red colour. Very evident scents of ripe cherry and red berries. The flavour is deep, full and harmonious, with a persistent finish that lingers on the palate, ending with a hint of almond.
Deep red/purple colour, with an earthy, dry herb, blackberry and shaved-almond bouquet. There's a distinct note of chinotto, too. Intense, bright palate, tightly-packed with flavour and supple tannins. Good length. A very smart wine and already very approachable. Drink: 2019-2029; Price: $63.00; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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