2011 Cascina Ca Rossa "Birbet" Brachetto Piemonte 500 ml

SKU #1111484

This is a superb Piedmontese bubbly dessert wine, with a fantastic name and a cool story behind it, too. According to popular tradition, the wine was greatly appreciated by, and was the preferred beverage of, one of the most famous characters of the Commedia dell'Arte, Gianduja da Gioan d'laduja or Giovanni of the Jug. The figure drew inspiration for his bubbly high spirits from this fizzy ruby red with a fragrant foam. The character had the reputation of being a heavy drinker. And he regarded Brachetto as the wine most suited to filling the jug he always carried around with him, and to satisfying his refined palate. The color is light purplish red. Intense notes of violet, rose, raspberry, geranium, and mallow on the nose. The palate is pleasantly sweet and not sickly, with persistent and evident sensations of rose and raspberry. To be served cool and often!

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