Bruna Grimaldi, Scassa Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2018
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Overview of the Wine
Growing grapes and crafting high quality wines have always been Bruna Grimaldi’s family tradition. Born and raised in the hills that link Grinzane Cavour to Serralunga d’Alba, in the heart of Langhe, Unesco World Heritage, Bruna Grimaldi is a small family-owned winery that since the early 60s produce authentic and terroir-driven wines. Careful work in the vineyard, commitment in the winery, respect for the environment are key aspects of Bruna Grimaldi’s philosophy: a passion for wine that has been handed down for decades in Langhe region where the best plots are selected for the production of Barolo. This history talks about the territory, in full respect of the tradition.
The estate farms organically 14ha (34 acres) of vineyards in the Barolo region and in the neighbouring villages. Bruna and her husband Franco have been recently joined by their son Simone, enologist, and Martina, who both proudly represent the fourth generation and whose aim is to continue the family tradition of producing soulful wines.Grape / Blend
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
With this wine we want to enhance the peculiarities of Barbera which are concentration, freshness, elegance, longevity. It is a style of our own to interpret Barbera. Intense aromas of red fruits, sour cherries with graphite and menthol notes on the nose. On the palate it is rich and concentrated, mineral and fresh. This freshness gives it longevity and makes it a versatile wine in terms of food pairing.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Named after the difficulties of ripping up the land to ready it for agriculture (to "scassare" in Italian), the Bruna Grimaldi 2018 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa is a dark and concentrated expression with sweet cherry liqueur and blackberry confit. The wine is soft and yielding with a thick textural approach that wraps nicely over the palate. The wine shows so much fruit weight and density, you might try a contrasting food pairing with spicy, smoky or barbecued flavors, including some pasta or pie crust to help soak up the 15% alcohol. This is a well-priced release.
Product size: 750ml