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Barbera del Monferrato frizzante La Monella

Item number: VFR00217 2022750
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Vintage: 2022

Denomination: Barbera Del Monferrato DOC

Grapes: Barbera

Alcohol: 14 %

Format: 0,75 l

Type: Rosso

Region: Piedmont

Origin: Made in Italy

Occasion: Everyday

Pairing: Cured meats

Allergens: Solfiti

SPECIFICATIONS

TASTING NOTES

The Braida winery was established in 1961 by Giacomo Bologna, an experienced winemaker who inherited a passion for wine making as well as a vineyard from his father Giuseppe, whose nickname “Braida” gives the wine its name. Giacomo followed in his father’s footsteps and is now recognised as the father of modern Barbera. Indeed, it is thanks to Giacomo that this grape variety went from being considered very poor quality to being internationally recognised as rich and suitable for the production of great red wines. All this happened thanks to Giacomo’s innovation of using small French oak barriques for the refinement, elements completely unknown in Piedmontese viticulture at the time. Today the company is spread over 56 hectares of vineyards scattered around Asti. The vineyards are mostly home to Barbera, but also grow international varieties such as Chardonnay, as well as small native varieties such as Grignolino, Brachetto and Moscato. This led to the production of a range of prestigious and excellent quality wines. Barbera d'Asti "La Monella" marks the official beginning of Braida's history: the first grapes for this wine grew in Grandma Caterina's vineyard, and in the cellar grandfather wrote "La Monella" in chalk on the most plenteous Barbera barrel. The Barbera grapes that make up this wine come from the estate's youngest vineyards, where the vines are grown on soils rich in sand and clay. The must ferments in contact with the skins for about 10 days, then ages in stainless steel for 4 months before second fermentation in a pressure tank. Ruby red almost purple in colour, with a rich, lively mousse. Fresh and fragrant on the nose, with clear vinous and fruit notes reminiscent of small red berry fruits, cherry, and blackberry, with slight floral and spicy hints. Very drinkable, fresh and lively on the palate. This Piedmontese red wine is perfect for everyday drinking, and its freshness pairs perfectly with cured meats. Read more Read less
THE WINERY

Braida

Behind the name of the Braida winery lies the story of a passion: a passion for excellence, not only between the rows of vines but in all fields. Giuseppe, forefather of the Bologna family, was in fact nicknamed 'Braida', after a famous footballer, because of his habit for playing ball in the piazzas of Rocchetta Tanaro, a small town in the Monferrato area of Asti. Thus, as well as his father's nickname and love of sport, Giacomo Bologna inherited the wit and perseverance needed to take care of a large Barbera vineyard in the hills of Rocchetta. Such gifts mean that he is still a champion in the field of Piedmontese wines. The first harvest of Braida wines dates back to 1961, when Giacomo decided to bottle the lively 'La Monella', which won him the gold medal at the Douja d'Or national wine competition in Asti. Armed with lengthy research and tenacity, he dared to age Barbera in French barriques, a technique not practised in Italy at the time. With his famous Bricco dell'Uccellone, he went beyond conventions and convictions of the past, demonstrating the high level of quality, finesse and character achievable with this grape variety. Today, Giuseppe and Raffaella Bologna, the third generation of Braidas, continue the process of conquering the noble status of Barbera with hard work and dedication, claiming the banner over other wineries abroad. Thanks to their precious team, every day they consolidate the value of their heritage made up of biodiversity and production rigour, genius, imagination and respect for tradition. Name and address of producer/distributor: Braida - Via Roma, 94, 14030 Rocchetta Tanaro AT. Products from this winery should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat sources.

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