Vino della Settimana – 2007 Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’Uccellone, by Braida

I’ve been dreading this moment for awhile now. This was never meant to be just another wine blog, writing the same stories that you’ve read a hundred times before.  We should find the wines, the winemakers, and the wine stories, that were new to the world.  And, this in turn, should make our blog interesting and readable.  What then if a “famous” wine really deserves to be our Wine of the Week?  The above would then be hard to achieve…   It would be another story about how the late Giuseppe Bologna believed in the potential of the barbera grape, and revolutionized how wine drinkers around the world thinks about it. About why the winery got the name Braida (Giuseppe played “pallapugno” – a local Piemontese ball sport played with  bandaged wrists – in his youth), and earned the nickname “Braida”.  About how his son, Giacomo, took barbera wine making to a whole other level, and introduced aging of barbera in small oak barrels. How Giacomo in the 80s created the now three now-famous crus, Uccellone, Bricco della Bogotta, and Ai Suma. And, finally, how Giacomo’s widow Anna, and their children Raffaella and Beppe today run the winery with the same passion, attention to detail, and in search of perfection, that did both Giuseppe and Giacomo.  All wonderful stories about a wonderful family making profound wines.  But stories that you’ve read many many times before. From this what you thought was a different kind of wine blog…..

2007 Barbera d'Asti Bricco dell'Uccellone by Braida

So, we will not.  We will simply tell you that it’s worthwhile seeking out their barberas. No more no less, It is a safe bet in almost any vintage.  Either the “high end” Bricco dell’Uccellone, Ai Suma or Bricco della Bogotta, or the “entry” Montebruna if you cannot wait for the wine to mature, or simply will spend less on a bottle of wine.

Our wine of the week is the 07 Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’Uccellone. Much more elegant that you normally would think of when drinking a barbera. Layers of dark fruit, mineral and pencil notes. Mouthfilling. Very, very long. It is a barbera in the Vietti La Crena/Scarrone, Altare’s Larigi, and Coppo’s Pomorosso mold, and although on the expensive side, way cheaper than, say, Voerzio’s Barbera d’Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo dell’Annunziata.    This can easily be cellared and drunk at 10 years of age, but it provides tons of pleasure also at a young age.  If the 07 is hard to come by, the 09 should be a good alternative. News’ already out that Gambero Rosso has awarded the 09 3 glasses (Tre Bicchieri) in their 2012 edition.

This week’s wine of the week is a tribute to a family winery that has stayed passionate, innovative, and committed to the highest quality through generations.


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