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BRAIDA 11 AI SUMA BARBERA
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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BRAIDA 2011 AI SUMA BARBERA

Of particular note is the Ai Suma bottling, which translates to an expression similar to "We've arrived" or "We've done it." This wine is only produced in small quantities during favorable vintages and represents the pinnacle of Braida’s winemaking ability. Deep ruby with purple hues. Ample, rich and complex bouquet, with intense notes of wild berries, florals, vanilla, liquorice and cocoa. A warm mouth feel with a deep structure, while at the same time elegant, harmonious and sensual, leading to a long finish. Accompanies savory meat dishes, roasts, game and aged cheeses. This can be enjoyed now with some decanting, but will age nicely as well.

We are excited to share our bounty of beautiful Barbera wines from Braida. This winery was founded over fifty years ago in Piedmont by Giacomo Bologna who realized the inherent potential of the Barbera grape. Up to that point, others were content to produce simple table wines, which lacked complexity or ageability. Controlling yields in the vineyard and employing strict winemaking practices in the cellar greatly improved the quality of the wine. Giacomo also began using French barriques to age his wine, which was a practice unknown at that time among Barbera winemakers.

Today, the third generation of the family continues their pursuit of elevating the Barbera grape to the status of noble grapes, which is normally reserved for other international varieties. Their efforts have paid off and are apparent in every sip you take. These are fantastic wines of purity and depth.

With strict attention to detail, Braida produces exceptional wines. The Bricco Dell'Uccellone and Ai Suma bottlings are serious wines, which demonstrate the heights which the Barbera grape can attain. The quality is outstanding with a textural mouth feel which is polished from start to finish.

Ratings from these trio of wines have not yet been released, but prior vintages have received outstanding scores from Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and other critics. They have also received the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) awarded by the influential Italian food and wine magazine, Gambero Rosso. Based on our tastings of these delicious wines, we expect excellent reviews again. Bravissimo to Braida!
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