Braida

Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti

9.213 ratings
8.94 pro ratings
Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Barbera
Duck, Goose, Game, Chili & Hot Spicy, Turkey, Mushrooms, Chicken, Tomato-Based, Pork, Venison, Potato, Pasta, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Herbs, Veal, Salami & Prosciutto, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Richard Young

Wine Specialist Christie's

8.6

1997 Braida Ai Suma

1997 Braida Ai Suma

Apr 5th, 2014
Michael Quentel

"On 16 October 1989, Giacomo Bologna carried out a late harvest of Barbera, contrary to the advice given to him by everyone. "Ai Suma!", "We did it", he exclaimed as he tasted the wine: a new Braida Barbera was born from his foresight and stubbornness. Since 1989, it's only produced in the best vintages." (copied from Braida webpage). Today, for example, one can marvel at how lasting his legacy has been in the 97 Ai Suma. In its 23rd year this wine still smells and tastes great. Especially the shares of tertiary aromas like espresso, leather or warm, moist forest soil are wonderfully interwoven with the remains of an expressive fruit of dark berry fruits, plums, liquorice as well as balsamic notes. Dense on the palate, with a nice melting, remains of round, grainy tannins and a moderate acidity. The acidity is rather moderate, yet the wine is drinkable, because the "fat" of its youth has integrated and the wine shows today - at the age of 23 years a nice balance and ends long. Even a certain grandeur may be attested to it. 93 points 2020-2025

"On 16 October 1989, Giacomo Bologna carried out a late harvest of Barbera, contrary to the advice given to him by everyone. "Ai Suma!", "We did it", he exclaimed as he tasted the wine: a new Braida Barbera was born from his foresight and stubbornness. Since 1989, it's only produced in the best vintages." (copied from Braida webpage). Today, for example, one can marvel at how lasting his legacy has been in the 97 Ai Suma. In its 23rd year this wine still smells and tastes great. Especially the shares of tertiary aromas like espresso, leather or warm, moist forest soil are wonderfully interwoven with the remains of an expressive fruit of dark berry fruits, plums, liquorice as well as balsamic notes. Dense on the palate, with a nice melting, remains of round, grainy tannins and a moderate acidity. The acidity is rather moderate, yet the wine is drinkable, because the "fat" of its youth has integrated and the wine shows today - at the age of 23 years a nice balance and ends long. Even a certain grandeur may be attested to it. 93 points 2020-2025

Jul 12th, 2020
Ray Signorello

1997 vintage
My last bottle, been enjoying this wine for years and it is drinking better than ever. Dark rich balanced and the oak has melted in to offer Barbera at its best. Purchased on release and cellared at 52"

1997 vintage
My last bottle, been enjoying this wine for years and it is drinking better than ever. Dark rich balanced and the oak has melted in to offer Barbera at its best. Purchased on release and cellared at 52"

Mar 13th, 2017
Teresa Low

Lovely!

Lovely!

Mar 23rd, 2015
Steve Anderson

Last of three great bottles over the last two years.

Last of three great bottles over the last two years.

May 2nd, 2014
Ronnie Sanders

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

9.1

Ronnie had this 9 months ago

Ronnie had this 9 months ago

Apr 17th, 2020
Ronnie Sanders

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

9.0

Ronnie had this 7 years ago

Ronnie had this 7 years ago

Dec 1st, 2013
Ronnie Sanders

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

8.9

Ronnie had this 8 years ago

Ronnie had this 8 years ago

Jul 13th, 2013
John Van Trijp

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Jun 8th, 2019
Jeroen Koenen

Jeroen had this 2 years ago

Jeroen had this 2 years ago

Jun 8th, 2019