It has been a significant year for the estate from Rocchetta Tanaro,
which has pursued the path of agricultural development – purchasing five hectares of land to transform into vineyards – and enriched the barrel cellar.
Together with Marco Simonit, after years of collaboration on soft pruning, Braida has decided to open its vineyard to the students of the University of Gastronomic Science of Pollenzo, giving these youngsters the opportunity to gain practical experience in a special pruning school.
“We will remember 2016 for its beautiful harvest, at the end of year which was anything but easy to interpret, due to the brutal climatic variables – says Giuseppe Bologna, co-owner with his sister Raffaella of the winery. We were hit by hail but, luckily, most of grapes were left unscathed, and this was followed by a dry period which really was hard on the vines. For the first time ever, in some vineyards we intervened with emergency irrigation, especially necessary to the young vines which still have rather short roots.
We will remember 2016 because it confirmed that we had made the right choices with La Monella and Limonte: promises kept”.
Braida will be taking wines of different vintages to Düsseldorf.
Starting with the remarkable preview of the family reserves Bricco dellUccellone and Bricco della Bigotta 2015, which will be available starting from September: very concentrated, elegant, complex wines, with marked acidity and a long finish.
For Montebruna Barbera dAsti Docg and Il Bacialé Monferrato Rosso Doc 2015 was an excellent vintage: the first is a Barbera “to eat”, rich and thick with scents of syrupy fruit and ripe pomegranate; the second is a great wine in which the elegance of the blend of Barbera, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot contrasts pleasantly with strong spicy notes of black pepper.
La Monella Barbera del Monferrato frizzante Doc 2016 comes from perfect grapes, harvested at the end of September. An aromatic and intense Barbera with a floral personality and a firm, fleshy, persistent structure.
Limonte Grignolino dAsti Doc 2016 has a deep colour and intense bouquet, with a slightly spicy aroma. The work weve done with Limonte has created a full-bodied Grignolino with mature tannins.
Brachetto dAcqui Docg 2016 has a beautiful purple vein in the colour, surprising aromatic richness featuring ripe red fruit and a high sugar content (5.5 Vol.) and a very balanced flavour.
Vigna senza Nome Moscato dAsti Docg 2016 is intense and has a bouquet reminiscent of wisteria, peach, sage and lemon. It has good aromatic potential and a high sugar content (5.5 Vol).