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Today we have some bottle that I brought back from Italy in May.

The Braida 2019 Barbera d'Asti Bricco dell' Uccellone is a typical Barbera with cherry, Amarena, cherry liqueur, some mocha, chocolate, full body, noticeable acidity, a long finish, little tannin, high density and lots of alcohol (16%). 18.3/20 points.

We have had many excellent wines from Ghemme and Gattinara, but hardly great wine. And then along comes this wine, the best Gattinara ever: the Nervi winery is now owned by Giacomo Conterno and since then the quality has soared. The Nervi 2018 Gattinara Vigna Molsino is a classic Nebbiolo with violets, powdered sugar, blueberries, lots of phenolic notes, full body, lots of fine tannin similar to a Barolo Francia, a long finish, density and balance. With air the wine also gets licorice. The wine has a lot of potential, but is already fun to drink. The wine has everything a very great Nebbiolo needs and is almost perfect. 19.5/20 points.

The name "Bric del Fiasc" is Piedmontese for Bricco Fiasco, a top vineyard in Castiglione Falletto. The Paolo Scavino 2008 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a classic Barolo that is now at its peak and will certainly remain there for at least 5 years. The wine has blossoms, herbs, spices, phenolic notes, full body and lots of medium coarse tannin. 18.8/20 points.